With no more Harry Potter films on the horizon, versatile character actor David Thewlis is free to line up as many projects as possible. If we can believe the news we’re grabbing from an unusual source, Thewlis will be jumping from the sequel Red 2 to the next Terry Gilliam movie, Zero Theorem.

The casting announcement isn’t in a major trade or on a popular new Web site. Rather, the line item can be found on the “About Us” page for Voltage Pictures. The company confirms that Zero Theorem will co-star Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton. And as we reported earlier, the film takes place in an “Orwellian corporate world” where an executive known as Management relies on spy devices dubbed “mancams” to keep track of his various employees. Yep, that sounds like it’s directly up Gilliam’s alley.

We’re joking about Thewlis, whose biggest box office succes was as Lupin in the Potter films but has contributed to countless classic films before and after his contributions to J.K. Rowling's cinematic universe. Just in the past few years, he appeared in Spielberg’s War Horse, Luc Besson’s The Lady, Terrence Malick’s The New World and the stirring concentration-camp drama The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Basically, adding Thewlis to an ensemble rarely comes off as a mistake, and the idea of watching him collaborate with fantastic talents like Waltz and Swinton on a Gilliam film is tantalizing. We’ll continue to track the progress of Zero Theorem, which the director claims to want to begin filming in October.

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