While rumors on the casting of "Inglourious Basterds" have been crowding the media lately, one major signing of a particular Hollywood actor for the Quentin Tarantino's latest feature film project has been confirmed. Said to be in talks for Lieutenant Aldo Raine character, Brad Pitt has officially been tapped to tackle the role.
Described to be a "Tennessee hillbilly", Pitt's character is the assembler as well as leader of the eight Jewish-American soldiers who are sent to a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. The 44-year-old actor is among the first actors signed for the action drama's cast ensemble joining helmer Eli Roth who is assigned to portray Sgt. Donnie Donowitz.
Other performer lining up for the Bastard team is "The Office"'s B.J. Novak. He is said to be negotiating to star as PFC Utivich, a slightly-built soldier from New York. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio who was considered to be playing Colonel Hans Landa earlier is said to be out of the picture, especially since Tarantino is now eyeing to bring in a German actor for the role.
Centering its story on a group of disgraced U.S. soldiers at the period of World War II, "Inglourious Basterds" will tell an intertwined story between the soldiers sent to blow up a Parisian theaters premiering a Nazi propaganda film and a French Jewish teenager whose family is brutally murdered by the Nazi. Slated for 2009 release, the shooting is scheduled to begin on October 13 in Germany.