Given all the rave reviews and Oscar buzz that Austrian actor Christoph Waltz is recieving for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, it was just a matter of time before he started to blow up here in the States. And his first post-Basterds American project is as the replacement for Nicolas Cage in the big screen version of The Green Hornet.
Cage, who was supposed to play the villain Chudnofsky in the Michel Gondry-directed film, dropped out of the project last week, and I was maybe a bit sad at the news, because Nic Cage always plays a really interesting bad guy.
But now, Variety reports that Waltz has taken over the job and I–and I’m sure many others–just couldn’t be happier. Waltz was one of the best things about Inglourious Basterds, a movie full of best things, and he’s surely on his way to an Oscar nomination (and possibly a win?).
Filming began a couple of weeks ago, and the film was originally slated for a release next summer before being pushed back to December 17, 2010.