Christoph Waltz Joining Water for Elephants

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Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, upcoming The Green Hornet) is in talks to join Water for Elephants, the Richard LaGravanese-scripted adaptation of the Sara Gruen novel to be directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend).

Waltz would star alongside Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon in a role that originally was believed to have gone to Sean Penn.

Deadline Hollywood says “Waltz will play the heavy in the Depression Era romantic triangle involving a veterinary medicine student (Pattinson) who joins a 2nd-rate travelling circus and falls for the star performer (Witherspoon). Waltz will play her husband, a dangerous paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer who is as mean to his wife as he is to the circus creatures.”

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