EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Walken is joining Kevin Spacey in EuropaCorp’s high-concept comedy Nine Lives directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, written by Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin. In the pic, a workaholic businessman (Spacey) must figure out how to redeem himself after a terrible accident leaves him trapped in the body of his family’s cat. Walken plays Felix Grant, the owner of a mystical pet shop, who assists the businessman during his feline time of stress. EuropaCorp is financing, producing and distributing Nine Lives. This is the first time that Walken and Spacey have worked together onscreen in feature film (in fact, Spacey is known for his killer Walken impersonation).
Walken has also joined Fox’s Eddie The Eagle which tells the true story of Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper, Michael Edwards (Taron Egerton), who rose to fame as the very-last-place finisher in two events at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. He left the Games as a scene-stealing poster boy for never-say-die underdogs everywhere. In the film, directed by Dexter Fletcher and produced by Matthew Vaughn, Walken will play mentor to Hugh Jackman’s character, who coaches Fletcher.
Walken is repped by ICM Partners.
Anita Busch contributed to this article.