Christoph Waltz to play Mikhail Gorbachev
Story by Jack Foley
CRISTOPH Waltz is to play former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Mike Newell’s Reykjavik.
The Oscar winning star of Inglourious Basters has been cast opposite two-time Oscar winner Michael Douglas as ex-US president Ronald Reagan in the film.
The story centers on the now famous meeting in 1986 between Reagan and Gorbachev in Iceland that signaled the end of the Cold War.
Commenting on the casting of Waltz, Newell said: “I feel very fortunate to have two such masters to portray the men who brought about the end of the third great war of the 20 Century.
“Reagan and Gorbachev were two of the most significant politicians and individuals of their times. I’m very excited to see how each of these great actors gets to grips with their role as the history-changing giants we remember them to have been.”
Production is due to begin in March 2013 on location in Reykjavik.
Based on a scripy by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane), the film will examine how the two world leaders met under the imposing threat of nuclear war which, at the time, was seen as a last chance opportunity to avoid conflict.
Both leaders struggled to find a way forward until talks collapsed. But the character and conviction that each man revealed to the other ultimately paved the way for peace and formed a lasting friendship between them.
Waltz will next be seen in Django Unchained, a role Tarantino wrote for him.