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Three More Join Inglorious Bastards
Diane Kruger latest to sign for new QT

01 September 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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Quentin Tarantino has picked up three more Inglorious Bastards.

Well, we say three more, but of the three actors to sign on for QT’s eagerly-awaited World War II movie, only one will actually be playing one of the Jewish soldiers wreaking merry havoc behind enemy lines in occupied France.

That actor is Paul Rust, although we’re not sure which of the Bastards he’ll be playing. But he joins Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, B.J. Novak and Samm Levine as the standout members of the hard-bitten troupe.

The other two actors to sign on are Diane Kruger, who will be taking on the role that we thought Nastassja Kinski had been earmarked for. Kruger will play Bridget Von Hammersmark, a German movie idol who becomes involved with the Bastards and their plan to… no, wait for the movie. But she has at least a couple of nail-biting sequences, including a sequence with a British officer (Michael Fassbender, in the role that Simon Pegg had to pass on) that promises to be one of the best of Tarantino’s career. (And if you’re wondering, yes, we’ve read the script that was floating around online; who hasn’t at this stage?)

It’s a cracking role, though – while many might have thought that Bastards would be a sausage-fest, with no real roles for actresses, QT has actually written at least two storming parts for females. Von Hammersmark is one, while the other – Jewish heroine Shoshanna – has yet to be cast.

And the third cast member? That’s German actor Christoph Waltz, who will play the movie’s bad guy, Colonel Landa, a Nazi officer so fearsome that he has earned the sobriquet, The Jew Hunter. Landa is a dream of a part – urbane, psychotic and highly intelligent, he’s the kind of guy who dominates the action even when he’s not onscreen, and it’s interesting to see that Tarantino has plumped for a German to play him, as this was the role that Leonardo DiCaprio had originally been circling.

Filming starts on October 13 in Germany, with Tarantino aiming to have Inglorious Bastards premiere at Cannes next year.

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I love to upset geeks so let me start by saying that QT SERIOUSLY dropped the ball with Death Proof, which was awful. Also, I'm tired of his dialogue as, by now, he should know better. Talking is exposition, and exposition is boring. This one might be an opportunity for QT to play with a new style and have character revelations through choices and behaviour. That is my hope. In this respect I think Jackie Brown is one of his better films. Better than Kill Bill vol. 1 anyway. Which is good, but r More

Posted by Nicky C at 15:58 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

you lot really need to get out more. Can't act? Novak is the best thing about The Office U.S and Pitt is gradually becoming one of my favourite performers, Eli Roth has acted before and i thought he was pretty good. So yeh, you lot are always wrong about these things anyway due to the complete lack of knowledge when it comes to acting/casting/writing/film making in general... More

Posted by clarkkent at 15:49 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

In 2009, I'm looking forward...
... AVATAR, THE LOVELY BONES, SHUTTER ISLAND, WATCHMEN and PUBLIC ENEMIES more than INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. Regards to the casting - we all hoped for sex with Scarlett Johansson, but what have got.... an hand job of Verne Troyer - THE CAST SUCKS!!! More

Posted by SteffanUK at 15:30 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

This can't-act talentfree please god NO!!! She proved more than once, that she can't do anything!! (Troy, National Treasure, Hunting Party) More

Posted by Edgar at 14:48 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

for those of you whom havent read the script you really dont know what your missing it will by know means spoil this film for you as as you read it you just know how qt is gonna pull it off it is a sure fire classic. i was dubious to say the least when i heard that qt was doing a war film cause im sick of the same epic tripe that we are continuously bombarded with. lets just say that this film is genre changing its incredible awe inspiring i just cant wait for this to be hear. so read it you don More

Posted by ilovekaren at 12:58 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

SAMM LEVINE
fuck yeah i havent seen him do anything since freaks and geeks and undeclared! More

Posted by emo_dave at 12:26 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

Yup, that's a more information than I asked for as well. Regarding the casting choices: Diane Kruger? Has she ever been good in anything? I mean, she isn't exactly ugly, but she's also a bit of a charisma-free zone. Did they have to cast her just because she's German? There are numerous much more talented German actresses around... and actors, such as Christoph Waltz, who's actually Austrian, but an excellent actor nonetheless. Unfortunately he's thus far been restricted to German TV stuff, but More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 11:08 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
I havnt read it either I really don't understand this fascination with spoiling movies before you see them More

Posted by Drew_231 at 10:31 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post

Well I haven't read the script that's floating round online. I'd rather not have the movie spoiled for me ta very much like... More

Posted by britesparc at 10:24 on 01 September 2008 | Report This Post


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