Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards has found its first cast member and, oddly, it’s a director. Eli Roth (Hostel) is in talks to play Sgt. Donnie Donowitz, described as a “baseball bat-swinging Nazi hunter”. Roth has already acted for Tarantino, having played a small role in Death Proof, his half of Grindhouse.

Following the casting of Roth, Quentin Tarantino has recruited another actor to Inglorious Bastards, his long gestating war movie. You may not have heard of B.J. Novak – and stop sniggering at his name, this is serious – but he’s a key player in the US version of The Office.He’ll play PFC Utivich, a punt New York soldier.
The film, which follows Jewish soldiers in Vichy-era France out for revenge on their Nazi oppressors, and finally the Inglorious Bastards ranks continue to swell with Brad Pitt now officially signed on to play a Tennessee hillbilly who leads a band of eight Jewish-American soldiers to take out some rough justice on the Nazis. But Pitt is not the only addition to Quentin Tarantino’s war movie. Simon Pegg is in talks to play a British Lieutenant; Nastassja Kinski has begun negotiations to play a German movie star; David Krumholtz (who will forever be Mr. Universe from Serenity to me) is likely to join the cast as one of Pitt’s lackies.

Now this is starting to sound more like a Tarantino movie cast. You’ve got the big name (Pitt), the leftfield casting (Pegg) and the resurgent star of yesteryear (Kinski). A couple more A-listers would be nice, and probably someone last seen in a cult horror from the mid-70s, but this is now shaping up nicely.

Variety reports that Tim Roth was in talks to join the cast, but scheduling difficulties prevented it. Interestingly, their article also says that much of the film’s dialogue will be in either French or German, with subtitles, although Pitt will speak in English.Tarantino is set to begin shooting in Germany on October 13 and is still planning to have the film ready for next year’s Cannes Film Festival. That sounds like an impossibly tight deadline to us, but, by God, he’s got to try.