Rumor: Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards
by Alex Billington
July 16, 2008
I think news on Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards is not going to stop until the film eventually hits theaters next year. Everyone has jumped on this project as the next big WWII hit (even over Bryan Singer's Valkyrie), including myself, and the news just won't stop - from rumors to script reviews and beyond. The latest unconfirmed rumor regarding Inglorious Bastards includes both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio as potential cast members. Apparently Pitt read the script quite early and has been talking with Tarantino, while DiCaprio is planning a meeting with him later this week to supposedly talk about the film. Although the script itself already sounded incredible so far, this film is definitely sounding better and better with each announcement - especially something like this…
This latest rumor comes from Variety, which is quite interesting because they normally never mention rumors. They say that the producers, which includes at least Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein, are meeting with five more studios to secure another co-financing partner to handle "offshore territories." Although we talked about the script review ourselves, Variety also chimed in saying that "studios said the script is vintage Tarantino and they're eager to be in business with him at a reasonable price." Although we're not too familiar with the characters, Pitt will potentially take on the lead role of Lt. Aldo Raine aka Aldo the Apache, while DiCaprio might play Col. Hans Landa aka "The Jew Hunter". You can read more about both of the characters and their involvement in the story in this previous article.
We'll definitely be sure to update you once we hear any confirmations or more casting rumors. We'll probably have some sort of news every week throughout the rest of the year - so expect more casting discussions eventually. Considering Tarantino has a full crew of misfit Jewish soldiers to fill, I expect him to finally pack it with some of the best actors currently working (or so I hope). I'm already excited for this, but the prospect of including Pitt and DiCaprio definitely has me genuinely interested. I think these two could pull it off, but I really don't think of either of them as Jewish. However, I think I'm getting ahead of myself - they really just need to be badass soldiers more than anything, and with Tarantino behind the camera, I'm sure that won't be a problem. Do you think Pitt and DiCpario are good choices?