Christoph Waltz is set to make his feature film directorial debut with The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, a true crime drama that he will also star in.
Variety reports that Voltage Pictures will be producing and financing the film, with a plan to sell the project at Cannes.
Based on a New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer, the film will tell the true story of Albrecht Muth (Waltz), a man who married an older widow as part of his deceptive attempts at social climbing. After she was found murdered at their home in 2011, his fabricated past came to light. It’s one hell of a story, culminating in the first-degree murder conviction of Muth, who was 26 when he married the 71-year-old widow in 1971.
Waltz will be directing from a screenplay by David Auburn, known for Proof and The Lake House.
Although it features quite a different story, Waltz played a somewhat similar role in Tim Burton’s recent Big Eyes; a charming yet devious persona taking advantage of a woman’s weaknesses.
The Oscar winning actor has actually directed before; a 2000 German television film titled Wenn man sich traut.
He’ll next be seen in Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever and Sam Mendes’ Spectre.
Those wanting to read the entire NY Times article can find it right HERE.