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.