In the last couple of months, we here at the Moviefile have brought you quite a few reports from Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards casting couch. And I have to say, out of all those reports -- from Brad Pitt to Eli Roth to Ryan the Temp -- I don't think I ever did have an LP-scratch-moment of casting surprise until today. [Not even Mike Myers? - Zach] The film, which began its principal photography yesterday on location in Germany has a cast as varied as the director's lexicon of profanity.
These days, you can't fire up the Internet without hearing more casting news about Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards. Today is no exception, as we bring you not one, not two, but three new bastards and one bastardette who have joined the cast. German actors Christoph Waltz and Til Schweiger, American comedian Paul Rust and National Treasure star Diane Kruger are the latest additions, according to reports in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. I'm pretty sure roughly one-third of the globe's population are playing roles in this movie, or have at least been considered for a role. In fact, just a few weeks ago, Tarantino even tried to tap me for a part.
Nope, that joke still isn't old. But lest you think that I am actually calling Brad Pitt and Simon Pegg total jerks (they're not -- Pitt speaks up for causes around the world, and Pegg gladly shakes hands with nerds), what I actually mean is that they are both involved in bastard-related casting news. Pitt has definitely signed on to play Lt. Aldo Raines, the Tennessee-born hillbilly leader of the Nazi-killing WWII Army unit known as the Inglorious Bastards, the subject (and title) of writer/director Quentin Tarantino's next film. Tarantino flew to France specifically to recruit the actor, and the news that he has accepted has made me stab several pictures of Nazis in excitement. (I currently do not have access to real Nazis.)
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.
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It's a pretty safe bet that when I log on in the morning to check out recent movie news that I'll come across one or two things that make me question my sanity. Or the sanity of the movie industry. Today, I woke up to more than the usual number of head-scratchers. First up:
- According to Variety, Mike Myers has joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards. Myers will play a British "military mastermind" who takes part in the Nazi-killing plans. I know Myers has played a couple of dramatic roles in the past, but I'd be less surprised if the report had Michael Myers popping up to scalp a few Nazis.
Eli Roth is shaping up to be a triple threat -- literally. Not only does the horror auteur maim and murder in the scripts he writes (Cabin Fever, Hostel, Hostel 2) and the movies he directs (uh, same three), now it looks like he's going to play a maimer and a murderer on screen himself. Fellow triple threat Quentin Tarantino, a longtime supporter of Roth and his often-imitated brand of torture porn, has cast him in his upcoming war movie, Inglorious Bastards. Roth would play a Bastard. ...You know, I think that'll get old by the time they cast the entire squad, but for now, it's damn fun to say. Eli Roth, the Bastard. Yes, I'm eight.
It seems Quentin Tarantino wants Brad Pitt to play the lead in his next film, Inglorious Bastards, about a squad of military convicts who are given a chance to clear their records with one last mission. Apparently, getting Pitt is key, because after the disaster that was Grindhouse, the studios want to know the film will be bankable before they give him any money. Right now, readers at four different studios are probably enjoying scenes where hardened soldiers debate popular films and icons of the 1940s as they try to stop a Nazi train to the tune of obscure rock acts.
Yet another Hollywood director goes to war. Quentin Tarantino's long awaited World War II screenplay, Inglorious Bastards, is finally being made into a picture that may feature Mr. Angelina Jolie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harvey and Bob Weinstein have ponied up the money and Tarantino will start lensing in October. With its Dirty Dozen-type plot, Inglorious Bastards should have plenty of opportunities for its soldiers to talk about inane subjects while the universe explodes around them. With QT at the helm, the film should also be extremely violent, preternaturally profane, and narratively fractured. I'm sure QT's screenplay will pose and answer the following questions: