Kruger and Waltz are Bastards

Woohoo! More casting for Quentin Tarantino’s WWII movie “Inglorious Bastards”. You know what that means. Yup, I get to call someone a bastard in the post header who is, never was, or will be one. Because, you know, that’s just how we roll around these here parts. Anyhoo. Diane Kruger, formerly of the “National Treasures” franchise, has jumped on board Tarantino’s flick to play a German actress who helps the Yanks take the Nazis down a peg or two. Brush up on those long-winded dialogue skills now, Diane!

Besides Kruger, Christoph Waltz and Paul Rust also join the cast that already includes Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, B.J. Novak and Samm Levine, says Variety. Kruger will be playing the role of Bridget Von Hammersmark, who Nastassja Kinski was originally thought to be playing. She’s since dropped out, leaving the primo spot open for Kruger.

But the name to remember is Christoph Waltz, who will be playing the Nazi Colonel Hans Landa, the big baddie in the film. When we first meet Landa, he’s just convinced a French farmer to sell out the Jewish couple hiding under his house using, according to the script, a 15-minute dialogue sequence. Yeah, same-o Tarantino. Talk talk talk — then bang bang bang.

Both Waltz (pictured, below) and Kruger, incidentally, are actual Germans. Paul Rust, on the other hand, is from Iowa. No idea what role he’ll be playing, but since Tarantino has mentioned that he wants to cast only Germans for the German roles, and Rust is not from the Fatherland, I’m guessing Rust will be one of the Jewish soldiers in Brad Pitt’s Nazi-killin’ unit.

Christoph Waltz