Could Quentin Tarantino actually be serious about having Inglorious Bastards ready for Cannes next year? Well, the clock’s ticking, and at the moment he still doesn’t have a cast. However, if the rumours are true, it sounds like he may be close to securing some pretty big names for the movie. According to Variety, Tarantino has already met with Brad Pitt for the role of main character Aldo Raine, and he now has his sights set on Leonardo DiCaprio for the part of Hans Landa.
I find it interesting that after years of casting a lot of relative unknowns and forgotten actors from the past, he is now looking at landing two of the biggest A-list actors working today. I’m sure The Weinstein Company will be very happy if he succeeds, because the involvement of those two will virtually guarantee a box office success. I’m very excited to see how both of these guys handle some Tarantino dialogue (although Pitt did previously have a small role in the Tarantino-penned True Romance). Let’s keep our fingers crossed… I can’t imagine anyone turning down a chance to work with Quentin Tarantino unless there is a scheduling conflict, but Inglorious Bastards looks to be on a pretty tight (albeit self-imposed) time frame.