Christopher Walken Has 'Nine Lives,' Will Ski with 'Eddie the Eagle'
by Ethan Anderton
March 31, 2015
There can never be too many movies with Christopher Walken, and that's why we're happy to hear from Deadline that the Pulp Fiction and Catch Me If You Can star has just landed two more projects. First up, Walken will take a role in Eddie the Eagle, the true story about Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper, Michael Edwards (Taron Egerton), who became famous for finishing dead last in two events at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, despite his best efforts. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie's mentor, and Walken has been brought on board as the mentor of Jackman's character. Don't forget we got a first look at the film recently.
In addition, Walken has also landed a role in Nine Lives, a comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld that will team him up with Kevin Spacey for the first time. Why is that significant? Well, Spacey is known for doing a perfect impression of Walken, and has been asked to do it countless times on the late night circuit:
As for the film, the story will follow a workaholic businessman (Spacey) will have to figure out how to redeem himself after a terrible accident leaves him trapped in the body of his family’s cat. Sounds like a Disney comedy, but this one comes from Europa Corp., so that's something different. Walken will play the owner of a mystical pet shop, who assists the businessman during his feline time of stress. That sounds like a weird project for Spacey to do, but Walken has done comedies like Joe Dirt already, so he's done some peculiar work in the past. Anyway, at least we're getting some more mileage out of Walken.