Christoph Waltz Signs on Opposite Michael Douglas in Mike Newell’s Cold War Drama “Reykjavik”

Newell to recount the historic meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev in the Icelandic capital…

Soon to be the latest in the ever-fascinating portrayals of U.S. Presidents, Mike Newell’s Cold War era historical drama, Reykjavik, is in the process of rounding out its cast.  With 2-time Oscar winner, Michael Douglas, already booked to play President Ronald Reagan, Christophe Waltz steps in to take on the role of former Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev.  The film is to be produced by Headline Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Participant Media and Mark Sennet Productions and will center on the famous meeting in Reykjavik between the two influential leaders and how it was instrumental in bringing about the end of the Cold War.  Still in pre-production, it is set to begin filming in the Icelandic capital in March 2013.

Director Mike Newell expresses his enthusiasm for the film’s casting so far in The Hollywood Reporter here:

“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.”

The movie is to be based on a screenplay written by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane) and Ken Adelman, foreign policy expert and part of the negotiating team for Reagan in Reykjavik, will also be joining the team.

Snagging two respectively tenured and animated actors in Douglas and Waltz to depict such iconic  figures, who inarguably changed the course of  history, definitely pegs this film as one with promise.

What do you think?

Written by Nicole Melkonian

The first rule of film criticism is: you most definitely DO talk about film. An unassuming gladiator in the arena, this Space Monkey asks the important questions: Are you not entertained? Who's Zed? Are you an achiever? Initially well-versed in English literature, Nicole picked up movie quotes as a second tongue to marry together her deep-rooted appreciation for language and film. When not tallying Brad Pitt's countless and marvelously resonant instances of on-screen eating, your very own Remy is experimenting with exciting new recipes from Gusteau's cookbook. And when I have some more spare time? What am I doing? I'm quietly judging film. A disagreement, you say? Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.


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