Waltz will play Albrecht Muth, an eccentric (surprise, surprise) social climber who married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath. Muth lied about his upbringing and came under suspicion when Drath was found murdered.
David Auburn adapted the script from a New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer. Waltz will produce with Erica Steinberg (Inglorious Basterds) and Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier.
Zev Foreman and Jonathan Deckter will executive produce with M. Janet Hill. Voltage will fully finance the project and sell international rights in Cannes. Waltz’s agency ICM Partners will co-represent U.S. rights with Voltage. Production is slated to start in October.