Four More Join Inglorious Bastards: Pitt, Pegg, Novak, and Kinski
by Alex Billington
August 8, 2008
As we've already mention, the cast for Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards is being finalized and that means we're going to see numerous casting announcements over the next few weeks until every last character in the script has been accounted for. We already confirmed Eli Roth's involvement earlier this week and now we've got four more today. Brad Pitt, Simon Pegg, B.J. Novak, and Nastassja Kinski are all in talks or final agreements to join the WWII film. Pitt will be playing Lt. Aldo Raine, aka "Aldo the Apache", a Southern rebel who is the leader of the group of eight Jewish-American soldiers. Pegg will play a British lieutenant. Novak will play PFC Utivich, alongside of the aforementioned Eli Roth as PFC Danowitz. And Kinski is meeting with Tarantino for the part of a German "movie queen" in the film.
Producer Lawrence Bender comments on the collaboration between Pitt and Tarantino, saying "they're going to push each other and really help make something special." Apparently most of the dialogue in the film will be in French or German and subtitles will be used, however, Pitt will speak in English as the "Tennessee hillbilly" who puts together the team. Pitt's character is a "voluble, freewheeling outlaw in the manner of Samuel L. Jackson's Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction" and says things like "we're gonna be doing one thing, and one thing only, and that's killing Nazis." So far we've got Brad Pitt leading a team consisting of Eli Roth, B.J. Novak, and potentially David Krumholtz. So there are about five more missing from that crew on top of, most importantly, the character of Hans Landa, the Nazi leader that Pitt is out to hunt.
Most moviegoers should be familiar with Simon Pegg as either Shaun from Shaun of the Dead or Sgt. Nicholas Angel from Hot Fuzz. B.J. Novak hasn't ever really had a major role in any feature film (besides very small roles in Knocked Up and Reign Over Me), but he does play Ryan Howard on "The Office." And Nastassja Kinski is a German actress from films like Say Nothing and Paradise Found. So far this is one of the most eclectic casts I've ever seen, but I trust Tarantino is working on one of the most amazing casts I hope I'll ever see, too. Although it may sound odd saying their names now, by the time this hits theaters, I expect we'll be praising each and every one. Stay tuned for more Inglorious Bastards casting announcements as they arrive - hopefully we'll have the full list finalized soon enough. Thoughts?