A few weeks ago, shooting started on Terry Gilliam’s new science fiction allegory, The Zero Theorem. Apparently, Gilliam’s vision of a dystopian future involves a hairless Christoph Waltz. A photo of a bald and eyebrow-less Christoph Waltz hints at the look of Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem.
The character of Leth is a crazy recluse who lives in a burned-down church, so being completely hairless could further convey Leth’s genius and insanity. Christoph Waltz is just coming off of working on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, where his character, Dr. King Schultz, has long hair and a full beard. It must be strange to go from really hairy in one movie to hairless in another.
Waltz was cast to play the lead role of Qohen Leth in The Zero Theorem. The film is set in an Orwellian future society, where a mysterious figure called “Management” spies on its citizens with special “man”-cams. Leth is a computer genius that is trying to figure out the formula for the purpose of existence, while Management tries to stop him and his work. Leth’s love interest, Bainsley, and Management’s son, Bob, also distract Leth from his important work.
Hopefully, the production of The Zero Theorem will go smoothly for Terry Gilliam. He is infamous for having troubles and production delays on his films. Whether it was spending years trying to get his Don Quixote movie finished, or Heath Ledger dying during the production of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, you have to wonder if Gilliam once ran over an old Gypsy woman, or walked under a procession of 13 ladders or something.