Wow… the pre-production on Seth Rogen’s The Green Hornet is turning into a true roller coaster ride in and of itself. First they landed Stephen Chow as a director and co-star, only to have him leave the project — fortunately, they managed to get Michel Gondry on board as a replacement director instead. Then they scored Nicolas Cage as the villain, only to have him ditch the movie as well. But now today, Seth Rogen and Sony have managed to offset the bad buzz once again with another brilliant piece of casting: the new villain will reportedly be none other than Christoph Waltz, aka Col. Landa from Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds!
Although this is not yet confirmed, the story comes courtesy of Nikki Finke, who tends to be pretty reliable. She also reports that his character’s name in The Green Hornet will be “Chudnofsky”. You know, on the one hand I hate the fact that they are basically just casting him to do the same thing he did in Inglourious Basterds. On the other hand, I’m stoked to see Waltz’s career take off because of his performance in Basterds. Whether or not he ends up winning an Oscar for it, I think it’s safe to say that QT has once again shown his magic touch and managed to take an actor from obscurity to stardom (which is not to say that Waltz doesn’t deserve it of his own accord, only that Tarantino has an eye for picking talent). So what do you have to say about this, Green Hornet haters? Does it change your mind about the project? I’d say things are definitely looking up!