Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is set to star in action-comedy Old Guy. Con Air director Simon West is aboard to direct the film, which has been written by Greg Johnson (The Last Son).
Waltz will play an aging contract killer named Terry Eubanks who still believes he’s the best at what he does. Stuck at a dead end, he’s thrilled when The Company pulls him back in the field, but only to train Gen Z newcomer Wihlborg, a prodigy assassin with an attitude.
The mismatched pair is asked to eliminate top members of a competing crime syndicate and, in the process, uncover their employer’s true motive: removing the old guard in a full takeover. However, The Company didn’t anticipate that Terry’s experience coupled with the new kid’s brilliance would create such an unlikely bond between the two, enabling them to take control themselves.
“It’s very rare that a script like this one comes along,” said West in a statement. “When it does you have to grab it with both hands and don’t let it go until you find your perfect actor. I’ve wanted to work with Christoph Waltz for many years. He is one of the most versatile actors working today. I can’t wait to see him create yet another unique and iconic character.”
Highland Film Group is co-financing and will launch world sales on the project in a few weeks at Berlin’s EFM market. They specialise in action films, with their upcoming slate also including Land Of Bad starring Russell Crowe and Liam and Luke Hemsworth.
They’ll also work on Nicolas Cage thriller Sand And Stone, and Rod Blackhurst‘s Blood For Dust with Scoot McNairy, Kit Harrington, and Josh Lucas.
Waltz most recently lent his voice to Guillermo Del Toro‘s stop-motion Pinocchio, and will next be seen starring in fantasy-adventure film The Portable Door and Amazon limited series The Consultant.