Production on Terry Gilliam’s new sci-fi allegory, The Zero Theorem, will start at the end of the month. There have been some late additions to the cast and now actor Matt Damon will have a small role in the new film.
Vulture.com reports in an interview with the Boston-native actor that he has been e-mailing Gilliam back-and-forth about making an appearance in The Zero Theorem. Damon didn’t divulge who his character will be, but the Academy Award-winning actor and his newly shaved head will be part of the sci-fi movie. Damon explains:
Vulture.com: You’re doing The Zero Theorem?
Matt Damon: I’m just doing a very small part in it. Someone finally gave him money to do this one, thank God. It’s with Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton. I’d do anything for Terry. It’s been ten years since I last worked with him. I wrote Terry this whole e-mail, because we had this whole conversation about what the character would look like, because the story takes place in the future, but he had a specific look that he wanted, but then I had to [points to shaved head], and I said, “Terry, what should we do?” And he said, “Actually, we can take advantage of the fact that your head is shaved. Why don’t we change your hairline?” So he mocked up a picture and sent me a real receding hairline, with white spiked hair. “We might as well take advantage of the fact that you’re bald and really do something, present you in a way you’ve never been seen before.”
Although Matt Damon will have a small role in the film, he is no stranger to working with Terry Gilliam. Damon co-starred in Gilliam’s 2005 film, The Brothers Grimm, with the late Heath Ledger. Damon played one half of the famous fairy tale authors.
The cast has also recently added actors David Thewlis and Tilda Swinton. Christoph Waltz will play the lead role of Qohen Leth, a reclusive man who works as a computer genius who tirelessly tries to figure out a theorem to discover the purpose of existence. At the moment, it is unclear which characters Thewlis and Swinton will play.
The Zero Theorem is Gilliam’s return to the big screen after his 2009 film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The sci-fi film is set in an Orwellian world where government agencies headed by the mysterious Management watch your every move. A computer genius, Leth, works to find the meaning of life, but the constant distractions from his love interest, Bainsley, and Management’s son, Bob, keep him from his important work.
The Zero Theorem will start production in Romania on October 22, 2012 and will be in theaters sometime in 2013.