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Christoph Waltz Wanders Around Terry Gilliam's Newest Sci-Fi World In First Zero Theorem Clip

With Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem having its premiere at the Venice Film Festival today, the first official clip has made its way online (courtesy of While the scene doesn't feature any dialogue from the characters, it does do quite a good job of establishing the newest fantasy world from the director of Twelve Monkeys and Brazil.

What's really great about this clip is just how quickly and effectively it sets up the new world that Gilliam has created. In The Zero Theorem it appears that a church has been formed so that people can worship "Batman the Redeemer," citizens get their news from duMBC (see if you can't figure out the hidden message in there), and that the phrase "Occupy Wall Street" isn't so much a call for the 99% to rise up against the 1% as much as it is a way to advertise blow-out sales.

Gilliam's world-building skills aside, what really makes me excited for this film is the simple fact that Christoph Waltz is playing the movie's lead role. The best stuff we've seen from the star since he arrived Stateside has been in supporting roles - particularly his collaborations with Quentin Tarantino - but Gilliam is giving Austrian actor the spotlight here. And if he can deliver anything like what we saw in both Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained then perhaps by this time next year Waltz will have a third Academy Award sitting up on his mantle:

Scripted by newcomer Pat Rushin, the film stars Waltz as a man named Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who is working to try and discover the meaning of our existence. Unfortuantely, his attempts are thwarted at every turn by the Management. In order to stop Qohen's progress, the antagonist's latest plot is to distract him with a teenager and a love interest. David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton and Matt Damon co-star in the movie. The Zero Theorem doesn't have a U.S. distributor yet and therefore no release date set up, but that all could change in the coming days/weeks as deals are made and contracts are signed.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.