'Basterds' star eyed for German crime series

Christoph Waltz being courted for 'Tatort'

COLOGNE, Germany -- "Inglourious Basterds" star Christoph Waltz could be trading his SS uniform for the shirt and tie of a police detective.

German regional public broadcaster HR is courting Waltz to take over as the lead in its long-running hit crime series "Tatort," which airs on main national channel ARD.

Since winning the best actor prize in Cannes for his performance as "Jew hunter" Col. Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's World War II epic, Waltz, a veteran TV actor, has been the top of every casting agent's wish list here

Liane Jessen, head of TV movies at HR, confirmed the channel was in talks with Waltz, adding that he would only be interested in the role if he wasn't paired with another actor in a detective team as is usually the case in the "Tatort" series.

Another German A-lister, Ulrich Tukur ("The Lives of Others") has also enlisted for "Tatort," agreeing to appear in at least one episode to be shot next month. Tukur starred in this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner "The White Ribbon" from director Michael Haneke and recently won the German Film Award for best actor for the lead role in Florian Gallenberger-directed biopic "John Rabe."