Christoph Waltz and Jeremy Renner are already having a stellar year, having grabbed Oscar nominations for roles in their films Inglourious Basterds and The Hurt Locker, respectively. Being a hot commodity makes their time in the sun even better: both are in talks for high-profile roles.
- Waltz is in talks to star in Water For Elephants opposite Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Waltz's role would be the same Sean Penn was previously lined up for, as Witherspoon's character's husband and a "dangerous paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer." Sounds right up his menacing alley.
- Renner, meanwhile, is in negotiations for Battleship, the action movie from Peter Berg based on the board game. I'd expect The Hurt Locker star to play some sort of lead, and be more than able to take on a wartime flick.
I immensely enjoyed both actors' performances in the past year, and am happy to see the impact they made securing them new jobs. That said, I'm sure they're still a little preoccupied with Oscar fever right now.