Inglorious Bastards cast starting to take shape?
First, let me say that well before I heard news (well, about 12 hours, according to the time stamps) about script reviews throwing the word “masterpiece” around to describe Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming World War II Epic “Inglorious Bastards,” I had this to say about the flick:
I don’t know why, but I just feel like this could even trump “Pulp Fiction” as Tarantino’s definitive directorial highlight. I mean, obviously it alls comes down to execution, but the early news and buzz I hear about this leads me to hope for nothing less than pure genius.
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Solid reports that Brad Pitt is in talks to play Aldo Raine, one of two lead roles have been all over the internet, but today moviehole reports that Leo DiCaprio is a name being tossed around by Tarantino for the other lead, Hans Landa. Pitt and DiCaprio would be a casting dream come true, and there’s no doubt that each would be great in this flick, although is more than possible that they could actually spend little to no screen time together in the movie.
That’s because “Inglorious Bastards,” which borrows its title from an early eighties movie, is broken up into two distinct segments, or chapters, like Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” So, it might be like “Pulp Fiction,” in that Pitt could be this film’s John Travolta, and DiCaprio could be Bruce Willis — both play intricate roles, but they don’t really interact.
Other casting rumors are Tarantino staples, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth, which really come as no surprise. Tarantino is known to recast people over and over (Madsen’s in both “Kill Bill”s and “Reservoir Dogs”).
Obviously, DiCaprio’s involvement is just a rumor, with Tarantino’s simply expressing interest in having him on board for the film. But this is great news nonetheless; It completely reaffirms the opinion I reposted above — it comes down to execution, and Tarantino seems to be doing everything right as of now. A script can be the greatest ever, but the final product wholly rests on whether or not the cast can pull it off.
DiCaprio and Pitt are two of the best actors in Hollywood with two really diverse bodies of work. There’s no doubt in my mind that they would bring “Inglorious Bastards” to the next level.
Regardless of whether or not Tarantino can ink deals with Pitt and DiCaprio to come on board for “Inglorious Bastards,” there’s no doubt in my mind that he will eventually come up with the ultimately perfect cast for this flick. He’s incredible at casting lead roles with actors no one would ever think to cast (Travolta in “Pulp Fiction,” Uma Thurman in “Kill Bill,” etc.), but once you see them in the roles, you immediately see why they’re there. And especially with a project like this, where Tarantino is just giddy with enthusiasm about, there’s not question that he’s going to make absolutely sure that the cast is exactly perfect in every way
Whether or not you like Tarantino’s work, get excited about this movie. It’s shaping up to be one helluva flick.