Brad Pitt is Officially a Bastard; Simon Pegg Could Be, Too

Brad PittIn case you haven’t noticed — or if you don’t have a computer, which would be really confusing at this point — there has been a lot of buzz about various Quentin Tarantino projects on the internet over the past few weeks. In fact, just within the past 48 hours there was an odd rumor of Britney Spears as a lesbian stripper in Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! That turned out to be hearsay at best, with reps. from both sides issuing denials this afternoon.

As well, there have been plenty of close calls surround Tarantino’s long-awaited, much talked about, glacially paced production Inglorious Bastards, a rehash of Enzo G. Castellari’s 1977 war film about a rag-tag group of American soldiers in WWII. First there was a rumor floating that both Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt were in talks to star, but then the Leo half died off. Then yesterday we got word — which is most likely true — that Eli Roth would be a member of the cast. Then earlier today it was being reported that B.J. Novak, star of NBC’s “The Office” would be joining the cast.

And finally today we got some actual official announcements as Variety has confirmed that Brad Pitt has signed on to the project to play the leader of the rag-tag crew, a Tennessee hillbilly who assembles a team of eight Jewish-American soldiers to take on the Nazis.

Nastassja Kinski, Simon Pegg, David Krumholtz and BJ Novak

Also in talks, according to the report, is German actress Nastassja Kinski, who could end up taking one of the film’s few female roles. As well, Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg and Harold and Kumar star David Krumholtz are in talks to join the squad. Pegg as a British lieutenant and Krumholtz and the aforementioned B.J. Novak as members of the Jewish-American fighting force.

Ultimately, those who are mildly observant can tell you why the casting in a Tarantino flick become such a media spectacle, as the guy can certainly draw a crowd of quality names. The rest, well, that is still up in the air.