• MailChimp Widget

    GORDON AND THE WHALE NEWSLETTER



Christoph Waltz nabs yet another villain role in WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
February 17th, 2010

It would appear that Christoph Waltz, the actor who characterized evil as Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, has found yet another role as a villain. According to Deadline Hollywood, Waltz has been cast as the abusive Uncle Al in an adaptation of Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants. This role was previously thought to be held by Sean Penn, though it looks like Waltz has signed on. This news comes just before Waltz's near assured victory in the Best Supporting Actor category at the Academy Awards. More information after the jump.

As soon as I heard news that this novel would be adapted, ran out and grabbed the novel. Water for Elephants tells the story of a young student who, during the Great Depression, hops on a train headed for anywhere. It just so happens that this train belonged to a traveling circus. I'm currently about a third of the way through, and would say that I've got a decent handle on each of the characters. The subject in question, Uncle Al, is exactly what you would expect from a character portrayed by the guy who played Hans Landa. Al is maniacal to the extreme, as the author capitalizes upon the character's schizophrenic paranoia in order to instill real fear in the reader.

Waltz will star along side Reese Witherspoon, who will play the star performer of the circus who also happens to be Al's wife. The role of the protagonist, Jacob Jankowski, will be played by the teenage dreamboat Robbert Pattinson. The adaptation is gaining steam and with the amount of talent involved assures me that we'll probably see this adaptation in the next few years.

Commenting Rules: Comments are intended to open up the discussion to our readers about the topics at hand, and as such should be offered with a positive and constructive attitude. If your comment is not relative to the above post or is disrespectful to the authors and readers, we reserve the right to delete it. Continued abuse of our good nature will result in banishment of the offender. Additionally, if you have any burning issues to point out to the GATW crew - typos, corrections, suggestions, or straight-up criticism - please email us instead of commenting here.

  • Ed

    Sounds a bit odd to me.

    Pattinson plays the protagonist Jacob, Witherspoon is Marlena. Okay so far. Then we have the brutal animal trainer, Marlena's husband August AND the mean and violent circus owner Uncle Al.

    Christoph Waltz will play the character of August, the husband? But WHO plays Uncle Al then?

    I could imagine that Sean Penn is still in to play August and Waltz plays Uncle Al instead.

    Other characters are the dwarf Kinko, the alcoholic Camel and the nurse Rosemary.

    Anyway, great news, because of the Waltz-factor.

  • Ed

    Sounds a bit odd to me.

    Pattinson plays the protagonist Jacob, Witherspoon is Marlena. Okay so far. Then we have the brutal animal trainer, Marlena's husband August AND the mean and violent circus owner Uncle Al.

    Christoph Waltz will play the character of August, the husband? But WHO plays Uncle Al then?

    I could imagine that Sean Penn is still in to play August and Waltz plays Uncle Al instead.

    Other characters are the dwarf Kinko, the alcoholic Camel and the nurse Rosemary.

    Anyway, great news, because of the Waltz-factor.

  • Recent Post