Christoph Waltz may have first appeared on our cinematic radar as a brutal Nazi, but his Oscar-winning performance as a good-guy bounty hunter in Django Unchained has landed him another heroic role: The Hollywood Reporter reports that Waltz will be taking the lead in the developing thriller True Crimes.
True Crimes is adapted from author David Grann’s 2008 investigative article in the New Yorker . It tells the true story of Krystian Bala, a Polish writer convicted of murder the year before Grann’s feature was published. After only six months, the investigation was dropped. Waltz will star as Jacek Wroblewski, the police officer who reopens the cold case to discover a series of clues in one of Bala’s novels. The novel, entitled Amok, outlines a fictional version of the real-life murder using detailed information only the killer could have known.
Waltz is the winner of two Oscars for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds. It was announced in May that he will also be joining Robert De Niro in Stephen Gaghan’s Cold War action thriller The Candy Store. Will Waltz earn another Oscar nod even without the usual sprinkle of Tarantino magic? We’ll soon find out.