Eli Roth in Inglorious Bastards
I have to admit that the news of Eli Roth being cast in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards is not the first casting announcement I thought we would hear about from the film.
We've heard that Brad Pitt was in talks for the film and that Leonardo DiCaprio was briefly discussed, but other than that nothing. So the first casting announcement is Eli Roth? The director of the Hostel films?
Sure he's done some acting, particularly in his own films as smaller bit parts, but I'm surprised that we're seeing him take on such a big role.
Well the article from Variety started out by saying that he was “on deck” and then as you read through it reveals that he's actually in talks, so he's as secured as Brad Pitt is right now. Nice. At least my excuse is I'm writing as I'm reading so that I can get stories up before I go to work, you're supposed to be a trade news source.
According to the story Eli Roth is in talks to play Sergeant Donnie Donowitz, and with Pitt looking to play Aldo Raine, the leader of the band of Nazi killers.
Nothing against Roth, but I have to say I am surprised by the choice. I thought we would be getting a line up like the Ocean's films, big leads cast in unusual roles. In fact I was hoping for it. Part of me was dreaming that the old rumours of all the screen action heroes coming together for Inglorious Bastards would end up being true, however fantastical.
So far though, that doesn't look like it'll happen.