While Terry Gilliam’s latest film doesn’t come out until December, there is definite anticipation and excitement for his latest feature film. The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz and is Gilliam’s long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Gilliam is a unique director whose films such as 12 Monkeys, The Fisher King, and Tideland are just as strange as his eccentric personality. Before the dystopian science fiction film makes its world premiere at the 70th Venice Film Festival in September, two new images have surfaced featuring the film’s eerie costume design and strange characters.
SciFiNow shared the two images, the first of which above features French actor Mélanie Thierry’s Bainsley character, sporting a very sexy nurse’s costume. Hello, Nurse! The second image below features a bald Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, with actor David Thewlis’ Joby wearing a tiger costume. They look to be at the same costume party as Bainsley.
We haven’t heard much about The Zero Theorem since June, when the film’s teaser trailer leaked on the Internet. It was only up for a few hours before it was taken down, but if you were lucky enough to watch it, you were in for a treat. The film looks like a mix between Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever (I mean this as a compliment, in terms of production design) and Gilliam’s own 1985 film Brazil.
The production design is garish and extravagant, while there’s a hint of social allegory and dismay. The Zero Theorem almost feels like an upside down version of Brazil, if you can imagine Brazil getting even more crazy and bizarre.
An official trailer for The Zero Theorem is expected to be released soon. Hopefully, Gilliam won’t have any hiccups before The Zero Theorem is released in theaters. The 72-year-old director has the worst luck when it comes to releasing movies on time. He spent years working on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote before he had to give up on the project because of budget issues. Of course, the death of Heath Ledger in 2008 threw a wrench into the production of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law eventually played different versions of Heath Ledger’s character, allowing the film to finish on time.
The Zero Theorem is a science fiction/fantasy hybrid that takes place in a futuristic, Orwellian world where “man-cams” watch your every move. A government agency headed by a mysterious figure called “Management” (Matt Damon) oversees and controls the dystopian society. A reclusive computer genius named Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is working on a formula to solve the mysteries of life and existence, but he is constantly distracted from his important work by the seductive Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry) and Management’s son, Bob (Lucas Hedges).
Terry Gilliam’s latest also features actors Sanjeev Bhaskar, Peter Stormare, Ben Whishaw, Dana Rogoz, Emil Hostina, and Tilda Swinton as Dr Shrink-Rom.
The Zero Theorem will hit theaters on December 20.