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Christoph Waltz Replaces Nicolas Cage As The Villain In THE GREEN HORNET!

Beaks here...

Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke is reporting that the magnificent Christoph Waltz has agreed to step in for Nicolas Cage as the villain "Chudnofsky" in Michel Gondry's THE GREEN HORNET. That, my friends, is what we call a bingo. Though many were disappointed when Cage dropped out of the film (reportedly over $$$), I love the idea of Waltz goofing around with what will presumably be a more cartoony bad guy than INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS' charismatic, but deeply evil Col. Hans Landa. This could be a nice, post-Oscar victory lap for the fifty-two-year-old Austrian actor, who, prior to his appearance in Tarantino's film, was all but unknown here in the states. This is incredibly well-deserved, and will hopefully vault Waltz into bigger and better (and, perhaps, less villainous roles) in the near future. Waltz will join Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz in the Gondry-directed film, which is currently shooting and set to hit theaters December 17, 2010. (And kudos to Herc for suggesting Waltz might be in the running last week.)

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  • Sept. 14, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    first to point out

    by Beezbo

    how bad this will still be.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I like it

    by The Pusher


  • Sept. 14, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I like it

    by The Pusher


  • Sept. 14, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by The Pusher

    mouse sticks

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    OHHH thank god!

    by Series7

    I was worried that we were going to go a full 4 days without hearing something about this movie. I can put the gun down now.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by sherlock_junior

    lookin forward!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    The Hollywood cookie cutter machine is in high gear

    by skimn

    Take the most charismatic, impressively acted character in Tarantino's film, and repeat the type of role until it has the value of instant mashed potatoes.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    AICN gets it's wish, now what will they yearn for

    by JettL93

    meagan fox as catwoman<P>the rock as superman<P>something to do with district9?

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Best news ever!

    by phool2056

    Christoph Waltz should play every character ever.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Cage didn't agree with the choice of wigs.

    by brock landers baby

    And that's a FACT.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    He can't wait to ruin his Hollywood career.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Think about it. First hottest Oscar contender of the year, then villain in a Seth Rogen movie. He desperately wants to get one more big fat paycheck, before he goes back to europe, I think.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    hellz yaw

    by chiahead

    good news indeed!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by TheDark0Knight

    this is cool news.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Casting departments are lazy

    by Gwai Lo

    Take the other Green character they were casting recently, Green Lantern. Around the time they were making the announcements, what names did we get? Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper. Gee, maybe because they were in two box office successes the weekend they had to make the decision?

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by Sardonic

    This movie just got awesome.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by jimmy rabbitte

    the stunt casting continues.<p> Oh and in case it hasn't already been said: Rogen sucks, this movie is doomed to fail, Apatow is an overrated bonehead... blah-blah-blah...

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Waltz "All but unknown" in the States

    by VicenzoV

    My English sucks. Can anyone explain what this means?

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Great! Now all they have to do is replace Seth Rogen!

    by AlienDragQueen

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Does Cage really care about money?

    by Spandau Belly

    I never hear about him demanding big bucks and he appears in plenty of low budget flicks.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Good point, Vincenzo V...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    The phrase as written should actually suggest that he was many possible things; but unknown wasn't one of them.<p> The problem with that of course is the guy *was* unknown, in the U.S. It's not all Beaks' fault though. It's just colloquialisms running amok as usual.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    And this is stunt casting at its stuntiest

    by Spandau Belly

    The guy gave a great performance but this is such a case of casting the guy from the most recent thing to make big money.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Now just get rid of Diaz and maybe you've got something

    by GordoSan#1

    Seriously, she is not good. She ruined an otherwise stellar Gangs of New York. She has also never been funny. She worked in Something About Mary, but what really did she do there? They wrote around her looks. Thats it.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    expendables trailer

    by thefofo

    is over at joblo right now. Its bootlegged, but still cool.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    And this just in!

    by Series7

    Christoph Waltz no longer to be in The Green Hornet. <P> How long you think it'll take to see this headline? I'm thinking either 24 hours, or 5 days.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    jimmy rabbitte

    by mrbeaks

    This is not a "colloquialism run amok". The expression "all but..." means "everything short of" or "almost". The OED's got my back on this.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    No one with any taste, gives a fuck about Green Hornet.

    by scriptgirl_nipples

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Ok so.according to people's logic here...

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    .. regarding Cage, this movie will rule! If Cage leaves, then it must suck. So by extension... if Waltz signs on, then it must be 10 kinds of awesome.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    thefofo!!!! FUCKKKKK!!!

    by Series7

    Won't let me play it at work. Hopefully it stays online till i get home.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    No i think everyone has this in the sucking category until the name Sweaty Seth Rogans is taken off the credits and replaced with well someone who looks like could run a mile no problem.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Though everyone knows

    by Series7

    German's were born to play bad guys.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Expendables trailer! link inside!!

    by thefofo

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I predict Diaz will be jumping ship very soon. You can bank on that.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    VicenzoV, if that phrase doesn't make sense

    by MattmanReturns

    then I'd say your English is working just fine.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Expendables; not as good as Extreme Prejudice in 2010

    by savagedave

    But I still want to see it.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    So much for my hopes for Waltz as The Red Skull

    by SpyGuy

    Now THAT'S some serious stunt casting!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST


    by HaterofCrap

    the only reason the original show is remembered is because it introduced bruce lee to america....other than that its just another dumb 60's show.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    That is one hellova step up in casting

    by Tall_Boy66

    Unfortunately, it's still Seth Rogen in the Green Hornet

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    should play the captain in a NASA space shuttle thriller

    by Toilet_Terror

    strikes me as an astronaut.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    its still a stinker. Seth Rogen? wtf

    by Snikkar124

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by jimmy rabbitte

    I'm following you; but it is one of those weird phrases that can easily be misread. However, if the good people at Oxford say so; who am I to argue with them?

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2 p.m. CST


    by ED2D2

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen: two bombs and counting...

    by Heckles

    Zach & Miri, Funny People... can't wait to not see Green Hornet as well.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Can you imagine how Nicholas Cage broke the news?

    by ricarleite2

    Over the phone: "No, sorry, I thought I would get more money than this. Yeah, I did not read the contract. I respect your opinion, but would a stupid idiot win an Oscar? I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I do get paid for showing up on the set, right? Hello? Hello?"

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Gondry is a genius!

    by Fixthe Fernback

    I'm up for any of his movies regardless of cast. The guy has more talent in his bumhole than most of Hollywood combined.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Vincenzo V.....

    by Righteous Brother

    It actually means that he is not very well known in the states.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    YES,YES,YES,YES Waltz is a genius...

    by samuraiyao

    The Green Hornet is back once again, can't wait for this one to come out.. And for any of you who don't give a shit about this movie, go fuck yourselves!!!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Cage doesn't need the money

    by Darth Busey

    He's still living off of the clusterfuck Superman play or pay cash.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Thanks for clearing that up, RighteousBrother.

    by VicenzoV

    You've been all but helpful.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    The Conscience of Nicolas Cage

    by savagedave

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    No one would give a shit if...

    by Gungan Slayer

    this guy wasn't in Inglorious Basterds.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by damiz707

    Waltz was the only good thing about IB IMO

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Guess Nic Cage has standards after all!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    NC is giving us a sign and its one that we already seen coming!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I must say...

    by HarryCalder

    ...this potential mega-train-wreck of an "action/comedy" does get more intriguing as time goes by.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen takes casting direction from AICN talkbackers!!!

    by YackBacker

    Talkbackers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your virginity!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    The casting is too bland

    by Cinemanimetal

    I LOVED Waltz in Inglorious Basterds just like everyone else. The reason I liked him so much was partly because I had never ever seen this man before. He surprised me and on top of that he was incredibly good. Having him play another villain seems to be a waste of his talent. Granted I don't know what this character will be like or how similar it will be to his character in IB, but I personally would like to see him do something completely different now that I've already seen him play a great villain.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Heckles, what's your definition of a bomb?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Because those are two very bad examples if the number 2 and number 1 box office slot in many countries (including the US) is now considered a bomb.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Rumor has it the Green Hornet takes on the Cat in the Hat

    by Snookeroo

    With Script Girl as Thing 1 and Thing 2

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Gungan Slayer, say what you see

    by Talkbacker with no name

    That is a fact yes. Your point is pointing out the obvious?

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    And thus the typecasting began

    by AsimovLives

    Christoph Waltz +played a great role brillantly in Inglorious Basterds, and what does Holylwood automatically think? That he's a very good actor? No, that he is a good villain.<br><br>This typecasting bullshit is really anoying. Well, at least Christoph Waltz is getting a fat paycheck.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Rogan has become the Steven Segal of comedy

    by jaysin420

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Great actor but film sounds massively shit

    by Drsambeckett1984

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    ...and the owl goes, "Whooo"?

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Uhm Harry, The Expendables (Venice) Trailer leaked..

    by aphextwin

    ? Like...fucking Awesome!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I can't diss the guy for taking the part

    by Killah_Mate

    I mean, the movie may or may not suck (I actually think it will be pretty cool), but I doubt that Waltz even now gets all that many offers - I'm sure he took what was the most interesting part available at the time.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    At this rate, Waltz will get the parts

    by skimn

    Sean Bean turns down in two years...

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Damn. They really do read up on our Talkbacks.

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    What about Jason Statham or Brendan Frasier?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I said outloud "Ooooh NO WAY!"

    by r_kelly

    This is awesome.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by CherryValance

    but I like Nic Cage too. I hope this is as good for him as it is for The Green Hornet.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen is hollywood poison right now.

    by Rolling_Stone

    Who knew Nic Cage could make good career decisions?

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Ooooo, this casting is a BIN-GO!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    How FUN!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Expendables trailer

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Looks cool, but Congress needs to advance legislation that makes jumping away from an explosion in slow motion illegal. Seriously. We NEED to be done with that. It happens like 10 times in this trailer.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by Sierra_Rift

    And Christoph Waltz is AWESOME!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Cage and the Pay or Play contract

    by Damned if I can login

    I wonder if Cage got a *huge* windfall in the form of yet another pay or play contract, much like the $20M he got for never putting on the Superman suit?

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Waltz was Awesome on Inlgorious Basterds

    by My_IQ_is_135

    I'll give him a shot

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    The awesomeness of AVATAR made it possible that

    by sherlock_junior


  • Sept. 14, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Oh sh--

    by Kontarsky

    Now I actually want to see this. Damn you, Christoph Waltz!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    "all but [...]" usually just means "virtually"

    by BadMrWonka

    90% of the time when you see "all but", you can replace it with "virtually", and it becomes clearer. <p>in this example, saying that Waltz is "virtually unknown" in the US is exactly what Beaks was saying. <p>there's a little tip for all of you non-native speakers from a former English teacher.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Waltz was the only good thing about Basterds

    by Veraxus

    God damn Inglorious Basterds sucked. It's like Tarantino had a half dozen cool ideas, couldn't give any up, and never fully developed a single one. Wasting half the movies run time on three dialogue scenes certainly didn't help matters either. Quentin... we know you write spiffy dialogue. Please don't bore us with hours of it if it's not advancing the plot.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    For this shit you passed on TATORT?

    by VictorvonGarzo

    Christoph, Christoph, Christoph, say it ain't so. Actually, I thought his Landa performance was a tad overrated. Americans are so used to crap actors that they are very easily impressed by thesps who actually can act. I found Waltz's very American accent distracting and incongruous -- far too contemporary. Well-educated Germans in the '20s and '30s learned Oxford English, just as they do now, not American English, unless they've spent an exchange year in an American high school. And besides that, it was a crap movie. Tarantino should go back to renting videos.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    That. is. A BINGO!!

    by DrunkyMcLush

    And a huge fucking one at that.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Jay chou will kick all their asses!!!!!!

    by dmstar

    this show is abt jay chou!!!!

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Steady yourself people, Waltz won't get an Oscar

    by JuanSanchez

    Not saying it's fair - just don't get your hopes up, okay?

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Nic Cage to be replaced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse??

    by thelordofhell

    Oops, I read the headline too fast.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by TheWaqman

    Why would he choose this? After his excellent performance in an otherwise mediocre film.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by TheWaqman

    The performances in the film were horrible too. Particularly Brad Pitt and Eli Roth. Euck. Waltz saved the film.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Go Seth - great casting. Fantastic news!

    by hallmitchell

    Can't wait.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST

    "Would you welcome this Hornet with glass of delicious millk?"

    by Onin Solstice

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Swayzes dead

    by ThePilgrim

    fucking sucks. R.I.P

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Ugh- grasping at straws

    by Rubiks Doob

    This project gets lamer and more desperate sounding by the moment...

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST


    by MacReady452

    have to see it. Its math. If you want to blame something blame the math.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST


    by Batwing5

    Nic "Ghostrider, Next, Blah blah Bangkok Dangerous" Cage takes a pass it's time to get the fuck out of Dodge. Mr. Lee will be very unhappy.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Car crash on Green Hornet! It's already doomed!

    by Tall_Boy66

    And not a planed car crash but a car crash car crash. Check it out: I love Michael Gondry but this movie keeps having bad things happen to it. #1 Seth Rogen

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Fat Internet Nerds Hating Seth Rogen

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    It Aint Cool. And it Aint News...

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Gondry's Pineapple Express

    by zed261

    This will be for Gondry what Pineapple Express is for Gordon Green. I'm looking forward.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST

    In a prefect world...

    by GordoSan#1

    Adam Sandler would have gotten all of this hate that you testeless wackos are giving Seth Rogen, years ago.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Heckles and zed261

    by MandrakeRoot

    Don't forget Observe and Report. So he's actually had three flops in a row. <p> Oh and Pineapple Express is mediocre at best, and easily Greens worst film. But still this zed261 is right, it will be the same. Because this will easily be Gondry's worst movie yet. And that's sad considering Be Kind Rewind is on his resume.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Cage is shite

    by nobbythehappyelf

    I cannot sit through a scene longer than two minutes with that drek-munger in it. He makes my skin crawl. Sadly I blame his uncle for foisting him upon us in the first place. Cage should never be forgiven for being in the Wicjerman remake - he is the king of corpse humping decent old flicks. He'd also stopped me from going to see the original films that his gurning presence and bad hairpieces have ruined. bald fuckspoon.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 5:42 a.m. CST

    major cast upgrade

    by palewook

    super smart casting move

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Bad career move for Mr Waltz

    by ominus

    now that Holywood noticed him with the basterds movie,he should be more careful with his next projects.He is a good actor,he has a chance to become a holywood star,he shouldnt fuck it up with movies like GH and turn into another character actor,playing only foreign roles whenever he is needed.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Jay chou!!!!! The Singing/rapping bruce Lee!!!!

    by dmstar

    is he gonna write a song for the soundtrack?

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    It will take US audiences years to weary of

    by kabong

    Christoph Waltz's schtick. <P> Not that he wasn't great in "Basterds." <P> Nic Cage has been milking his few moves for many movies.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    nobby, what does "gurning" mean?

    by kabong

    I saw "gurn" in a novel by a Scottish writer, but I can't find it in the dictionary.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Yeah, what scrivener said.

    by kabong

    "Basterds" cost $70 mill and "District 9" cost $30 mill. What did Tarantino do with all that money? There were some good scenes (that went too long), but the movie did not have much to it. Brad Pitt must have been paid big as in BIG.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Talkbackers are retarded

    by IForgotAbout19

    Here we go with another bandwagon mob-mentality decision to hate a movie for which literally zero amount of tone or intent has been released. Remember when The Spirit was going to be "Just another Sin City" that one sure panned out huh? And then when it was the complete opposite of Sin City, remember how people complained that it wasn't "Sin City"-enough? You should all go fuck yourselves and see if you can find a reason to discredit your own loads before they happen.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Now I really want to see this movie!

    by Evangelion217

    Especially since they managed to cast an actual great actor, who has portrayed one of the most colorful and frightening villains in cinematic history. :)

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Thank God no CAGE!!!

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    Johnny Blaze seriously sucked.