Now that things are really cooking on Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards, yet another bit of casting news has come rolling down the pipeline. Not a day after it was announced that director Eli Roth was joining the cast as the baseball bat-wielding Donnie Donowitz, it was announced this morning that The Office's B.J. Novak has signed on as well. Novak will play PFC Utivich, who is described as a soldier of slight build who comes from New York. In the script, Utivich quickly ascends the ranks and by midway through the movie has attained the rank of Major and grown a fugly beard. While I was maybe lying about that second part, this will be Novak's first movie since the small part he played in last year's Knocked Up. And since his character Ryan on The Office is apparently on his way to jail, which will most likely cut down on his screen time, scheduling shouldn't be too big of a problem.
Tarantino's casting choices have certainly stayed pretty true to his newest film's title. With the exception of Brad Pitt, the announced cast so far all look like one of the army of creeps my college roommate would go out with. If she wasn't obsessing over the dark, brooding art student with a creepy fondness for the macabre, she was inviting the business school douchebag over so he could arrogantly judge my choices. Now, I don't know Eli Roth or B.J. Novak personally, but Roth has creepy taste in subject matter and Novak plays the colossal prick Ryan to perfection. To round out the bunch, all Tarantino has to do now is cast a pre-law-ish older guy who treats besotted army nurses like annoying kid sisters and a charming, smoking hot former jock whom gets caught with his pants down in the barracks next door. Twice.