Two-time Academy award winner Christoph Waltz has joined the cast of Sam Mendes Untitled James Bond 24 according to Daily Mail reports (…yes, that awful rag of a paper). Filming is slated to commence at the beginning of next month and it’s unknown whether Waltz will be playing a friend, foe, or a bit of both. But, according to the Daily Mail’s source – someone who has knowledge of the screenplay – Waltz has bagged an important and significant role in the film
All the cast and crew will meet for a script read in roughly three weeks time with the new addition on board, and Waltz has already met up with Daniel Craig, a.k.a. 007, as well as the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Waltz will join a supporting cast that includes Skyfall alums Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Rory Kinnear. Locations being used for the film are said to include Mexico, Austria, Morocco, Italy and London. Waltz has played some superb antagonists in movies with a standout performance as The Jew Hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and he was superb in last years Django Unchained, both of which won him Oscars for his performances.
We are really hoping that he does not get typecast as one of the main antagonists in this film, as it would just seem so lazy and easy to typecast Waltz as he has a knack for – and is extremely menacing – playing slimy villainous characters. However another source working on the production of the film let slip that Waltz will be playing an extremely cunning nemesis. So, it could well be that Waltz ends up playing the chief antagonist – the big-bad-guy, so to speak – or at least one of Bond’s main foes in the film. Contrastingly, another Bond 24 representative was also quoted as saying: ‘Not so fast . . . just because he has played bad guys in other movies doesn’t mean he’s going to be the baddie here,’ which could just be a simple case of misdirection. In summation, it sounds like he is going to be playing a more complex character than just a black or white, good guy/bad guy.
Waltz hasn’t just excelled in playing villains however, as Django Unchained and Terry Gilliam’s very underrated The Zero Theorem in which he was superb as the paranoid Qohen Leth; a computer hacker whose goal was to discover the reason for human existence. Only to continually find his work being interrupted thanks to the Management, dealing with an influx of characters’ including a teenager and a lusty love interest.
Waltz has been over in the UK for sometime now having just wrapped up filming for Tulip Fever and Tarzan and he will next be seen in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, which is scheduled for release in December 26th. The new bond film is planned for a November 6th release in 2015.
Via – ComicBook.com