Christoph Waltz Turns Detective For Thriller True Crimes
The work of New Yorker reporter David Grann has been getting hot in Hollywood as of late. Back in April we learned that Robert Redford and writer/director David Lowery were teaming up to adapt the writer's article The Old Man and the Gun, and today we learn not only that another one of Grann's pieces is being adapted, but that the project has attached a two-time Oscar winner.
Christoph Waltz, who won all sorts of acclaim and awards for his performance in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, is now attached to star in True Crimes, a film version of one of Grann's features from 2008. The story centers on a Polish writer named Krystian Bala who was convicted for murder after a years-long police investigation. The Hollywood Reporter says that before the criminal was caught it was seen as a perfect crime. Bala was actually never a suspect in the murder, but drew attention when he published a novel with a murder very similar to the one that played out in real life.
Rather than play the killer, Waltz will portray Jacek Wroblewski, the police officer who opened the cold case and ended up tracking the killer down. His investigation brought him through all sorts of weirdness, traveling through "dark underworld of Poland's sex rings, prostitution and drugs." The production is currently searching for a director, and Roman Polanski - who worked with Waltz on Carnage - has been mentioned as a possibility. The film is aiming for a tone similar to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, so prepare for things to get dark.
Waltz most recently leant his voice to the animated film Epic and later this year will be seen playing the lead in Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem. He will also have a cameo role in The Muppets...Again! and recently signed on with Robert De Niro and Jason Clarke in Stephen Gaghan's Candy Store.
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