Christoph Waltz will soon let bullets do the talking once again, as an aging super killer in the action comedy “Old Guy” directed by the makers of ‘Con Air.
Without a doubt, there is no other German-Austrian star who enjoys such international recognition and reputation as Christoph Waltz. Since embodying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and outperforming the star-studded cast including Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, it’s hard to imagine the international stage without him.
The special thing about Waltz is that, even as a two-time Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actor for “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained”), he doesn’t shy away from mainstream or flamboyant productions. His performance as Dr. Dyson Ito in the whimsical manga adaptation “Alita: Battle Angel” is noteworthy.
However, his role as the whimsical crime boss Benjamin Chudnofsky in Michel Gondry’s “The Green Hornet,” alongside Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, and Jay Chou, is sometimes overlooked. He embodied the character with the same dedication and charm as his award-winning roles.
Fans hoping to see Waltz in a lighthearted, cheerful action comedy can look forward to it. As reported by Deadline, the actor will soon bring both laughter and death in the action comedy “Old Guy” directed by Simon West of “Con Air.” In the film, Waltz plays top assassin Terry Eubanks, who, despite his advanced age, still considers himself the best in the world’s deadliest industry.
This belief is reinforced when the company recalls him, but not for an assignment. Instead, he must teach the new recruit Wihlborg, a rebellious member of Generation Z, the trade. However, it soon becomes clear that the company has other plans. To know what the studios have in store for this year, check out our 2023 theatrical preview video
Admittedly, the premise doesn’t sound groundbreaking: experienced mentor, rebellious student, impending danger, action. However, the idea of Waltz combining his energetic performances from “Django Unchained” and “The Green Hornet” into a crazier version of Mr. Miyagi from “Karate Kid” creates excitement.
Director Simon West, who made his film debut with “Con Air” and continued with “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and “The Expendables 2,” shares the same sentiment:
It’s rare to find a script like this, so when it presents itself, it’s important to seize the opportunity and find the perfect cast. I’ve wanted to work with Christoph Waltz for many years. He’s one of the most versatile actors in the industry. I’m eager to see him bring another unique and memorable character to life.
It will be intriguing to see if Christoph Waltz can measure up to Keanu Reeves’ John Wick. Filming is planned to start in Northern Ireland in early 2023.
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