Michael FassbenderAmid the inundation of casting news/rumors about Inglorious Bastards, here is the daily drizzle:

Michael Fassbender, the latest over-zealous European method actor of our generation, is now in the final steps of landing a role in the highly publicized cast of Tarantino’s next film.

It seems we haven’t gone a single hour without hearing about some new cast member for the past few weeks: the casting of Brad Pitt, B.J. Novak, Eli Roth, Mike Myers and a few others, with the rumors about Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stalone, and finally the casting/de-casting of Simon Pegg, one can only wonder what tomorrow will bring for the cast of Inglorious.

It’s a bummer about Pegg—in a way I wish the executives-that-be were not leaking so much casting information at we know all the details of the film’s pre-production troubleshooting, but in another way I am interested to see the genesis of Tarantino’s World War II epic.

To be honest with you, I’m not very familiar with Fassbender’s work (“not very familiar” meaning the first time I heard of the guy was an hour and 45 minutes ago when I was browsing Variety). However, apparently the German thespian has been drawing comparisons to Daniel Day Lewis for his commitment to acting (he’s so hardcore that he starved himself in order to more accurately portray a hunger-striker in Hunger), so it will be interesting to see if he can make fans forget the film’s noticeable lack of Pegg.

Inglorious Bastards is due to begin production in October, premiere at Cannes in May 2009, and be shown to the great unwashed sometime during the following June.


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