Casting continues for Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards

August 19, 2008  |  1:30pm
When Quentin Tarantino decided to remake the 1977 Italian film, Inglorious Bastards, he probably had no idea how uncomfortably close to the mark that descriptor would apply to the creative process. Well, the "inglorious" part, at least. First, Tarantino sat on the screenplay for about five years, evidently uncertain how to market the 600-page behemoth. Then, the movie was going to be split into two parts, and then sort of not. Now more fresh grist from the industry rumor mill arrives in the form of a casting shake-up.

Simon Pegg, or "the dude from Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz" as we know him in the Colonies, will be bowing out of his starring role in the film due to "scheduling difficulties," departing as abruptly as he arrived. Yet, as Inglorious Bastards taketh away, it giveth: Samm Levine, alum of cult classic Freaks & Geeks, just announced he'll be hopping on board the project, though whether it has anything to do with Pegg's exit remains to be seen.

With this addition, the cast will be steering the film towards yuks aplenty with funnymen like Eli Roth, Michael Myers and The Office's B.J. Novak on board, though the ensemble seems to be more fluid than the Polyphonic Spree's. Tarantino may be playing fast and loose with history, but something tells us we wouldn't want it any other way.

Related links:
News: Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards shooting in October
Inglorious Bastards on IMDb
NYmag: We've got Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards script

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