After talks with Nicolas Cage apparently fell through, Inglourious Basterds
breakout Christoph Waltz nabbed the villain part
in Michel Gondry’s forthcoming film version of The Green Hornet
with Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz.
No one is quite sure what to expect from the movie, by far the most high-profile Hollywood project Gondry has directed and a considerable departure for Rogen, who the studio is no doubt expecting to open the movie.
The addition of Waltz to the cast is not a commercial buffer as much as a critical one; his performance in Inglourious
as an excruciatingly well-mannered Nazi has earned swoons from just about everyone, including us
. With due reverence to Cage, Waltz seems like a more creatively harmonious choice, and it will likely be tough to find a fan to complain.