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Terry Gilliam casts Swinton, Waltz and Thewlis in new film The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam provided fans a sneak preview of the ruined chapel set for his new film on his Facebook page.

Tilda Swinton, Christopher Waltz and David Thewlis have joined the cast of Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem.

The actors are set to star in the upcoming sci-fi film, which will be 71-year-old director Gilliam’s first feature since 2009′s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

A brief synopsis of the film has been revealed by Gilliam, which states: “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.”

Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz – best known for his collaborations with Quentin Tarantino in Inglorious Basterds and the forthcoming Django Unchained – is to play the computer genius.

Gilliam revealed to Indiewire his intention to set the film in just one location, a  first for the director.

He said: “The main character is literally living in this burnt-out chapel which one could take as a metaphor for old beliefs and old systems.

“He’s a computer genius but he’s just sitting there waiting for a phone call, which he’s hoping will give meaning to his life.

“It really is about relationships, and discovering what’s really important in life . Two-thirds of it – if not more – take place in a ruined chapel.”

The 36-day shoot is scheduled to begin on October 22 in Bucharest.

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