Christoph Waltz goes bonkers in dazzling new trailer for Terry Gilliam’s ‘Zero Theorem’

Terry Gilliam's “Orwellian triptych” is going out with a bang.

29 years after “Brazil” and 19 years after “12 Monkeys,” the acclaimed director is returning to paranoid form with “The Zero Theorem,” a dystopian sci-fi starring two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a reclusive computer genius attempting to unlock the meaning of life.

Now a new trailer for the film has arrived, and based on the collection of colorful, slightly off-kilter images on display it appears the comparisons to Gilliam's two earlier sci-fi classics are well-founded.

Also starring Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon and Ben Whishaw, “The Zero Theorem” divided critics when it premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival (read Guy Lodge's review here), with Waltz's performance singled out by many as one of the film's highlights. It's slated to hit U.S. screens on September 19.

Check out the trailer above, then let us know what you think in the comments.