According to World of Reel, Quentin Tarantino offered Paul Walter Hauser the lead role in his 10th and final film, The Movie Critic. Because this offer was made before the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike reared its ugly head, we’re not sure if any contracts were signed at the time of this writing. But if Hauser were to accept the role, we have reason to believe that he would take on the lead role of film critic Jim Sheldon.
Quentin Tarantino has been known to famously lean into the use of an ensemble cast, so Paul Walter Hauser’s potential top-billing may come as a surprise for longtime fans of the Pulp Fiction director’s filmography.
If Paul Walter Hauser ultimately turns down the lead role for The Movie Critic, he will miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime because this is the last chance that he, or any other actor for that matter will have to work under Tarantino’s direction.
If Hauser chooses to take on the role of Jim Sheldon, he will find himself portraying a lonely and isolated film critic living in 1977. The plot and casting for The Movie Critic have been kept under wraps up to this point in time, so we’re going to have to wait for further updates in regard to further developments.
In addition to a rumored Samuel L. Jackson appearance in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, which would be par for the course given his filmography, Tarantino has also expressed interest in getting Bruce Willis in front of the camera one last time.
But unlike Paul Walter Hauser, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Bruce Willis will not be able to show his likeness in The Movie Critic due to his recent and debilitating frontotemporal dementia diagnosis that has taken him out of the public eye. But even though Bruce Willis may be out of the picture, Quentin Tarantino still wants to pay homage to the man behind Pulp Fiction’s Butch Coolidge, even if it means using archival footage of Willis in the background.
Paul Walter Hauser, best known for his roles in I, Tanya, and Cobra Kai, has reportedly been offered a lead role in Quentin Tarantino’s The Movie Critic.
Quentin Tarantino has subverted our expectations since 1992’s Reservoir Dogs put his career on the map. Through the use of non-linear storytelling, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the art of filmmaking, he has continually raised the bar for what the average movie goer could expect when watching one of his films. Given that Tarantino very much wants to continue to push the envelope, it makes sense that he’s considering Paul Walter Hauser for the lead role in The Movie Critic.
For several years, Quentin Tarantino has made it clear that his legacy as a writer and director will only boast 10 feature films. In other words, if Paul Walter Hauser ultimately turns down the lead role for The Movie Critic, he will miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime because this is the last chance that he, or any other actor for that matter will have to work under Tarantino’s direction.
Tarantino has also expressed interest in getting Bruce Willis in front of the camera one last time.
As of this writing, the screenplay for The Movie Critic has been completed. Knowing full well how Quentin Tarantino operates, it’s safe to say that no further revisions will be made to the script, and he’s ready to start shooting.
Whether Paul Walter Hauser takes on the lead role or not, we’re going to have to wait until the ongoing strike sees its resolution before any further developments are made. In an ideal world, The Movie Critic will start production sometime in mid-2024.
If Quentin Tarantino’s past work is any indication of future performance, then we’ll have our minds blown one last time, and we can’t wait to see his final film be fully realized.