Christoph Waltz As Green Hornet Villain?

Basterd to fill Cage's shoes

The breakout star of Inglourious Basterds was unquestionably Christoph Waltz, who basically made the film as Nazi 'Jew Hunter' Colonel Hans Landa. Not only did the role land him a Best Actor prize at Cannes (and hopefully will see him nominated for a few bigger prizes come awards season) but it now looks to have landed him the bad guy role in Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet.

Yes, according to Nikki Finke's Hollywood Daily, Waltz has landed the role of Chudnofsky, the evil nemesis of Seth Rogen's Britt Reid / Green Hornet. Nicolas Cage was originally cast in the role, but left earlier this month after the "actor and studio were not able to come to terms on a deal".

With Basterds just having crossed the $100 million mark, it's been a hell of a year for Waltz, who celebrates his 53rd birthday next month (quite possibly on set of the already-filming movie). In any case, we have some time to wait for the finished picture: The Green Hornet is not due out until December 17, 2010.