Christoph Waltz ‘in talks’ to play horrible boss in ‘Horrible Bosses 2’

'Inglourious Basterds' star would play one half of a father-son duo alongside Chris Pine

Christoph Waltz is set to appear in Horrible Bosses 2 after all.

Waltz was linked to the comedy sequel earlier this month (October) but was said to have passed on a role as one of the new horrible bosses due to a scheduling clash. However, Deadline reports that Waltz now has space in his diary and the film’s makers New Line have confirmed he is “in talks” to play one half of a father-son duo alongside Chris Pine.

Pine signed up earlier this month, joining original trio Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, who are all reprising their roles from the first Horrible Bosses film. Jamie Foxx is also returning as self-styled “murder consultant” Motherfucker Jones.

Released in July 2011, Horrible Bosses starred Bateman, Day and Sudeikis as a trio of harassed employees who team up to murder each others’ managers, played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston. Made for a modest $35 million (£23 million), the hit comedy went on to gross nearly $210 million (£135 million) at cinemas worldwide and a sequel was confirmed in January of last year (2012).

Original Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon had been due to return but dropped out in August due to scheduling difficulties. Sean Anders, one of the writers of this year’s We’re The Millers, which also starred Sudeikis, then took over the director’s chair and started shooting the sequel on September 12. Bateman marked the occasion by tweeting a picture of the original trio on set.

Horrible Bosses 2 has a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who penned the original film with a third screenwriter, Michael Markowitz, but exact plot details are currently unknown. It’s set to open in UK and US cinemas on November 28, 2014.