David Thewlis & Tilda Swinton Join Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'
Terry Gilliam is a divisive filmmaker whose productions are often plagued with troubles (some of which are chronicled in an excellent documentary called Man of La Mancha), and though he hasn't been able to bring the story of Don Quixote to the big screen yet, he's moved on to another project and scored some solid talent to help. Deadline reports that Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Harry Potter franchise star David Thewlis have both signed on to join Moonrise Kingdom's Lucas Hedges, French actress Melanie Thierry, and Christoph Waltz in The Zero Theorem, a brand new intriguing sci-fi project.
An eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence—or the lack thereof—once and for all.
Sounds like exactly the kind of wild, reality-bending, exploratory work we expect from Gilliam. Here's hoping this one has more in common with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus than any of Gilliam's other recent filmography, which has been spotty to say the least. Production on this one starts later this month, and is scheduled to be a quick shoot, so we'll likely be hearing more about this one sooner rather than later. We'll next see Thewlis on screen playing the villain in Red 2, the sequel to the geriatric action star comedy starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, while Swinton will be seen in Bong Joon-ho's new film Snowpiercer alongside Chris Evans and Alison Pill sometime in 2013.