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'Basterds' star generates buzz for 'Hornet'

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Christoph Waltz, who garnered serious notice for his performance as Nazi Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, has inked a deal to join Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, and Cameron Diaz in The Green Hornet, a source confirms to EW. Waltz will play Chudnofsky, a crime lord who tries to form a super-syndicate among L.A.’s toughest gangs. Waltz, incidentally, won the best actor award at the Cannes film festival for his Basterds role. Hornet bows Dec. 17, 2010.