We’ve been reporting on the happenings of the latest Quentin Tarantino casting saga for a couple of months now. It was just about a month ago, in fat, that we first told you that Brad Pitt was in talks to headline the ensemble cast of Inglorious Bastards. We can now report that Pitt has agreed to star and we’re starting to get a good idea of who might co-star with him as well.
I’ve always thought of Brad Pitt as a tremendous actor despite the fact that his acting often gets overlooked because of his pretty boy image. He’s had some truly fantastic roles over the years and was even nominated for an Oscar for his role in 12 Monkeys. So there’s no reason to expect any kind of career resurgence like we saw with previous actors who starred in Tarantino movies, but there is reason to expect Pitt to relish the role of the Tennessee hillbilly, Lt. Aldo Raine; a role that will put him in charge of a group of Jewish-American soldiers during WWII whose sole mission is to go out and kill and scalp Nazis. I think we could be in for a real treat.
We’d already heard a few days ago that Eli Roth would be joining the cast as Sgt. Donnie Donowitz, a baseball bat wielding killing machine. We also received news yesterday that BJ Novak from The Office landed a role as PFC Utivich. Private First Class Utivitch is described simply as a New York born soldier with a ‘slight build.’
Also hot on the heels of the Brad Pitt casting news is a few other names that are being considered. Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Run Fatboy Run) is in negotiations to play the part of a British officer. It looks as though he’s likely to sign. David Krumholtz (Numbers) has an offer to play a member of Pitt’s team, but it looks like he may have scheduling conflicts. German actress Nastassja Kinski (Terminal Velocity) is in discussions to, I assume, play a German woman. As we mentioned previously, Leonardo DiCaprio is not in (or no longer in?) discussions to play the part of a German officer.
I would expect the cast list to get full pretty fast now that Pitt has signed on and everything is a go. The secondary roles might not be as important, but there are plenty of actors that could use the publicity that a part in a film like this would bring. I’d expect to see some interesting names pop up before it’s all over.
So, what do you think? Are you excited to see Brad Pitt take a part in a Quentin Tarantino film? Are you excited about seeing a Quentin Tarantino film at all?