Christoph Waltz joins Water For Elephants

So, your name’s Christoph Waltz. You’ve been nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA. What do you do? You keep on working, of course.

Deadline have reported that the actor, whose role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds has earned him all kinds of positive attention, has joined Francis Lawrence’s Water For Elephants .

He’ll be working alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in the adaptation of Sara Gruen’s novel.

The story follows a rundown circus during the Depression era, with Pattinson playing a veterinary student who falls in love with the circus' star performer (Witherspoon), wife of a paranoid schizophrenic animal trailer.

Who plays said paranoid schizophrenic? None other than Waltz. It’s a reportedly violent role, with the character treating his creatures with as much savagery as he treats his wife.

Previously, Sean Penn had been linked to the role. But we’d much rather see Watz sinking his teeth into the part, especially after his great turn in Basterds .

Ready for more crazy Christoph?

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