After picking up his second Oscar in just four years, actor Christoph Waltz is certainly hot property right now. Everyone seems to want a piece of the actor and with projects like Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, The Muppets…Again!, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes and Reykjavik with Michael Douglas on the horizon, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Waltz in the near future. Today, we’re hearing of yet another film for the actor as he has joined Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store, a project that he’s been circling for a while now.
Deadline reports that Waltz is locked into a cast that already includes Jason Clarke, Robert De Niro and Omar Sy, an impressive line-up no doubt. Clarke is set to step into the lead role, that of “a former covert op who comes up against the organization he once fought overseas, while De Niro plays an ex-cop, Sy an ‘international sex trade entrepreneur’ and Waltz a ‘Cold War consigliere posing as a typical American suburbanite.”
Gaghan is responsible for two of my favorite films, Traffic (which he wrote) and Syriana (which he wrote and directed), so due to his involvement alone I’m eagerly anticipating this one. The plot sounds like a thriller much in the vein of Syriana (smart and tightly woven), and with the cast that Gaghan has assembled, I have no doubt that Candy Store will turn out to be a potential awards contender.
Lionsgate currently has the U.S. rights for the film while the foreign pre-sales are being shopped at Cannes this week, so expect to hear more casting news in the near future. As of now, a 2014 release is expected.
Tell us, what do you think of Christoph Waltz joining Candy Store? Are you happy to see the actor on board?