Ever since he took the world by storm with his amazing, Oscar-winning performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, Christoph Waltz has become a staple of modern cinema and a name pretty much every studio wants involved with their projects, going on to win a second Oscar when he reunited with Tarantino for Django Unchained.
Waltz will next be seen as an enigmatic villain in Bond film Spectre (some speculating he’s playing the new Blofeld) but after that he will be making his directorial debut with a crime drama entitled The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, in which he will also star in the lead role.
Here’s the rundown on the film’s plot and basis (warning: potential spoilers for those who don’t wanna know the outcome of the real story).
Based on the New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer, [it] centers on Albrecht Muth (played by Waltz himself), an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath. Muth and Drath entered the top political circles as they threw lavish events, with Muth lying extensively about his background — which came to light after Drath was found murdered in 2011 at their home in Georgetown… Muth was 26 when he married the 71-year-old Drath in 1971. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison last year.
Waltz will also produce the project alongside Inglorious Basterds producer Eric Steinberg, and he will be working from a script written by Pultizer Prize-winning author and playwright David Auburn (Proof, The Lake House). The actor was last seen in Golden Globe-nominated form in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.
Production on The Worst Marriage in Georgetown will start this October but no release date has been set quite yet.