According to Variety, it won’t be long before we actually get real news about the casting of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards, but for now you’ll have to make do with this: Eli Roth is on the verge of being cast as Sgt. Donnie Donowitz. For the six of you who don’t have the script, Donnie is (swipe) a baseball bat-swinging Nazi hunter (/swipe) and as such is perfect for Roth’s, er, charms. I guess.
Roth could probably bring his Death Proof game and be in pretty good shape. But that’s exactly the problem. Wasn’t the idea of this movie (as stated by Tarantino) to write with no actors in mind, to start fresh? I hoped that might mean he’d get out of his casting comfort zone. I know I’d accept the offer if I was Roth, and I can see why Tarantino would be tempted to cast a friend (albeit one more suited to directing than acting) but this was the project marked ‘move on’.
There’s little extra info; the trade says Brad Pitt is indeed ‘in talks’ to play the leader of the Bastards, and that QT had been interested in DiCaprio for Col. Landa, but decided to cast a German actor instead.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey