Ripping his plot straight from the headlines (and every single society grand dame’s nightmares), Austrian actor Christoph Waltz will direct and star in the film, “The Worst Marriage in Georgetown.”
The true crime story is based on the murder of Washington socialite Viola Drath, who was killed in her Georgetown rowhouse by her much younger husband, Albrecht Muth, in 2011. Muth, a native of Germany, will be played by Waltz, who won his first Oscar in 2010 for “Inglourious Basterds,” and his second for 2013’s “Django Unchained.”
The movie will be centered on Muth who in 2014 was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison for brutally beating and strangling his 91-year-old wife. News reports consistently describe Muth as a social climber and something of a con man. He’d assumed the role of a U.S. Army officer, a German spy and even an Iraqi general. The cinematic version of his and Drath’s tragic marriage has a whiff of “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
“The Worst Marriage in Georgetown” is adapted from a 2012 New York Times magazine article of the same name. Production on the movie begins in October, according to Variety, but there’s no word if film trucks will be returning to the scene of the crime and clogging up the tony streets in Georgetown.