Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz has landed another great role in director Terry Gilliam's next film project The Zero Theorem. I love Gilliam's insanely cool storytelling style, and in his next film Waltz will play a character named Qohen Leth, described as "an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst who works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence—or the lack thereof—once and for all." The movie was written by Pat Rushin, and the story seems to fit right in with Gilliam's wildly bizarre imagination, and Waltz is sure to be great in it!
Living in an Orwellian corporate world where “mancams” serve as the eyes of a shadowy figure known only as Management, Leth (Waltz) works on a solution to the strange theorem while living as a virtual cloistered monk in his home—the shattered interior of a fire-damaged chapel. His isolation and work are interrupted now and then by surprise visits from Bainsley, a flamboyantly lusty love interest who tempts him with “tantric biotelemetric interfacing” (virtual sex) and Bob. Latter is the rebellious whiz-kid teenage son of Management who, with a combination of insult-comedy and an evolving true friendship, spurs on Qohen’s efforts at solving the theorem. But these visits turn out to be intentional diversions orchestrated by Management to keep control of Qohen’s progress. Bob creates a virtual reality “inner-space” suit that will carry Qohen on an inward voyage, a close encounter with the hidden dimensions and truth of his own soul, wherein lie the answers both he and Management are seeking. The suit and supporting computer technology will perform an inventory of Qohen’s soul, either proving or disproving the Zero Theorem.
Sounds like it's going to be another incredible Gilliam film, and I'm excited about seeing how this odd story turns out. The movie is currently in pre-production in Romania, and will start shooting on October 22nd. The movie is also being produced by Dean Zanuck who worked on Road to Perdition and Get Low.
What do you think about Gilliam's latest film project?