updated 08/08/2008 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/08/2008 AT 9:05 AM ET
As has been rumored for weeks – since the recent 3-disc, DVD release of the original 1977 version of the EuroCult WWII adventure Inglorious Bastards – Pitt will play Jewish resistance boss (and Southern rebel) Lt. Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming remake, set in German-occupied France.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pitt first saw the new version’s script while he was in France in early July – at the time he was awaiting the birth of his and Angelina Jolie’s twins, Vivienne and Knox.
The trade publication says shooting is slated to begin in Germany on Oct. 13 – and go at breakneck speed, so the finished film can debut at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, in May.
The Reporter also quotes a production source as saying the Pitt character is prone to spouting such lines as, “We’re gonna be doing one thing, and one thing only, and that’s killing Nazis” – shades of Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
Band of Brothers British actor Simon Pegg is said to be in discussions to costar with Pitt.
Directed by Italy’s Enzo Castellari, the original Inglorious Bastards starred Bo Svenson (who re-surfaced in Tarantino’s Kill Bill) and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson – and, with its violence quotient on overload, was considered even dirtier than The Dirty Dozen.
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