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Christopher Waltz to star in film adaptation of Jonathan Coe's Mr Wilder and Me

Christopher Waltz to star in film adaptation of Jonathan Coe's Mr Wilder and Me

Christopher Waltz is set to play filmmaker Billy Wilder in a film adaptation of Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe.

Mr Wilder and Me is a novel about fame, time and nostalgia and was published in 2020 by Penguin UK. The novel follows a young woman called Calista who meets Hollywood director Billy Wilder in 1976 and goes on to work on the set of his film Fedora.

Wilder was famous for directing films such as Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard, and The Apartment.

The film adaptation, Billy Wilder & Me will be directed by Stephen Frears whose credits include High Fidelity and Florence Foster Jenkins. The screenplay will be written by Christopher Hampton who is best known for his works on Dangerous Liaisons and The Father.

Production will begin next year in Greece, Munich and Paris.