Christoph Waltz Abuses Some “Elephants”

“Inglourious Basterds” villain Christoph Waltz is in talks to join the Depression-era romantic triangle drama “Water for Elephants” says Deadline Hollywood.

Robert Pattinson stars as a student studying veterinary medicine and joins a low-rent travelling circus. There he falls for the show’s top performer (Reese Witherspoon).

Waltz plays the circus’ animal trainer and the abusive, paranoid schizophrenic husband of Witherspoon’s character. Sean Penn was originally marked for the role.

Richard LaGravanese is penning the script, an adaptation of the Sara Gruen novel. “I Am Legend” helmer Francis Lawrence will direct.