Already set to star talented thespians like Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis and Tilda Swinton, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem has now added three more names to its cast: Matt Damon, Peter Stormare and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
No specific details on the roles of these actors were released but we do know that the film tells the story of “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.”
Check out what Damon had to say on his role in the film:
“I’m going to do three days with Terry Gilliam, and now that I have to shave my head,” Damon told Vulture. “I need to do a wig for Terry’s movie.” I’m just doing a very small part in it,” he elaborated to Vulture. “Someone finally gave him money to do this one, thank God.
It’s with Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton. I’d do anything for Terry. It’s been ten years since I last worked with him. I wrote Terry this whole e-mail, because we had this whole conversation about what the character would look like, because the story takes place in the future, but he had a specific look that he wanted, but then I had to [points to shaved head], and I said, ‘Terry, what should we do?’ And he said, ‘Actually, we can take advantage of the fact that your head is shaved. Why don’t we change your hairline?’ So he mocked up a picture and sent me a real receding hairline, with white spiked hair. ‘We might as well take advantage of the fact that you’re bald and really do something, present you in a way you’ve never been seen before.’ “
With shooting set to begin later this month, things are looking quite promising for The Zero Theorem. Admittedly, the last time that Damon and Terry Gilliam teamed up the results weren’t too good (The Brothers Grimm), but I do think that the duo will make up for that failed effort with this project.
Gilliam is responsible for one of my favorite films (Brazil) and with titles like 12 Monkeys, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Fisher King and of course, Monty Python on his resume, I’m willing to give anything from Terry Gilliam a chance.
What about you? Does The Zero Theorem sound promising? Looking forward to seeing Damon re-team with Gilliam? Let us know in the comments below.