David Thewlis & Tilda Swinton Join Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

October 2, 2012
Source: The Playlist

Tilda Swinton / David Thewlis

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.

Details are scarce on who is playing who (we know Waltz is the lead, but that's about it), but now Voltage Pictures (via The Playlist) has revealed the official logline:

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.

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


Gilliam is like a film cock-tease now. He keeps promising projects that he can never deliver.

Bobo_Vision on Oct 2, 2012


I hope it is actually NOTHING like Parnassus, I found that movie to be completely awful and unworthy of his name. Let's hope he brings it back to his more creative era of movies like Time Bandits, Munchausen, and Brazil. Let's also hope that the studios let him do what he wants instead of continually trying to control his work.

syntaxterror on Oct 2, 2012


I think you mean "Lost in La Mancha".

Anon on Oct 2, 2012


the movie sounds interesting; but, i'd watch for swinton and thewlis alone....they're always good.

beevis on Oct 2, 2012


the imagination that gave birth to Brazil, Munchausen and 12 Monkeys directs Waltz, Thewlis and The Swinton? wild and adventurous film craft that might well fail but still strives to do something singular and original? sign me up right now.

son_et_lumiere on Oct 2, 2012

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