The fun and games that is the casting for Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards” (or “Basterds”, as he calls it in the script) continues, with news that horror director (and torture porn enthusiast) Eli Roth is joining the cast as one of the movie’s Jewish Nazi hunters. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt is still in negotiations to play the lead, while, according to Tarantino himself, he’s put the kibosh on the Leonardo DiCaprio as the film’s chief Nazi villain. Instead, Tarantino now wants an actual German to play the Nazi.
Variety has your casting updates:
“Hostel” director Eli Roth is on deck to play a baseball bat-swinging Nazi hunter in “Inglorious Bastards,” the Quentin Tarantino-directed drama that begins production this fall in Europe for the Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures.
Brad Pitt is in talks to play Aldo Raine, leader of a rogue band of Jewish-American soldiers who wreak havoc on the bad guys in Nazi-occupied France.
Roth is in talks to play Sgt. Donnie Donowitz.
Tarantino had planned to meet with Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of SS Col. Hans Landa, only to decide that the role should be played by a German actor.
Like a lot of Tarantino’s movies, “Inglorious Bastards”, if that script that has been floating around the Internet is the real thing, will consist of a lot (and I mean a LOT) of talking, followed by a brief burst of suddenly grotesque violence. Everyone who has read this thing is oozing with geek love for it, but as someone who almost dozed off during the “talky” parts of “Kill Bill”, I could barely make it through the first 15 pages.
But then again, maybe that’s why I’m typing this in my basement while wearing dirty boxers, and Tarantino is in Hollywood screwing hot chicks.