Well-known as Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter films, David Thewlis is the latest to join Terry Gilliam‘s new sci-fi black comedy, The Zero Theorem.
One of Hollywood’s most dependable actors is first mentioned on the website for production company Voltage Pictures:
What’s up next: Voltage is producing Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, and Tilda Swinton.
And I just signed for the new Terry Gilliam! It should be called ‘Zero Theorem,’ with Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton. I have a great part, a girl completely crazy and funny. It will be great fun to play this chick. I started the coaching and the shoot begins in November. I went back to the English lessons, because my English must be perfect, though Gilliam says he likes my “frenchness”! It will be a wonderful experience.
The Zero tells the story of ‘an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence — or the lack thereof — once and for all.’ Waltz will play said computer genius.
Gilliam describes his character as,
literally living in this burnt-out chapel which one could take as a metaphor for old beliefs and old systems.” He went on to say that, “he’s a computer genius but he’s just sitting there waiting for a phone call, which he hoping will give meaning to his life…It really is about relationships, and discovering what’s really important in life.
Gilliam is adjusting to start shooting The Zero Theorem in Bucharest at the end of next month, and even posted a sneak-peek (see below) of the chapel’s construction on Facebook.