Christoph Waltz Replacing Sean Penn in Water for Elephants
It sounds like Sean Penn is having a bit of trouble coming back from his recent self-imposed break from acting as Deadline Hollywood reports that the deal for him to star in Francis Lawrence's adaptation of Sara Gruen's novel Water for Elephants slipped through the cracks and has been picked up by Christoph Waltz who is sweeping the awards circuit for his amazing performance as Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. Waltz will play the husband of the star of a 2nd-rate traveling circus, a dangerous paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer who is as mean to his wife as he is to the circus creatures. That's a bingo!
A love triangle is at the source of the story as Jacob (Robert Pattinson), a 21 year-old Cornell Unviersity veterinary student joins Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a second-rate traveling circus, after he's traumatized by the car crash death of both parents. He finds his place in the circus by caring for the menagerie of mangy animals and falls in love with Marlena, the show's star performer (Witherspoon), and that's courting danger since she's married to the paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer who just so happens to runs the show. Sounds like new territory for Lawrence who's only worked previously on music videos, comic adaptations like Constantine and I Am Legend, and TV most recently. Should be interesting.