As expected, Brad Pitt has officially signed on to star in Quentin Tarantino's next movie, the World War II drama Inglorious Bastards, which begins shooting Oct. 13. That's all well and good, but I'm much more intrigued by the news that Tarantino is talking to Nastassja Kinski to appear in the film as a German movie star.
I don't know why Kinski disappeared from movie screens, only popping up occasionally in obscure low-budget films, but I hope Tarantino manages to sign her. I saw Cat People in 1982 five or six times - the same awesome (and, for me, formative) movie year that also brought E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, Blade Runner, Creepshow, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Poltergeist, The World According to Garp, Tron, Porky's, 48 HRS., Tootsie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Rocky III - and have been a huge fan ever since. Was 1982 the best-ever year for movies or what?
Tarantino has apparently also cast his buddy Eli Roth, another director who likes to act even though he has zero talent for it, in a supporting role, but hopefully his character will get killed off early. I recently watched the original Inglorious Bastards, directed in 1977 by Enzo G. Castalleri, on DVD, which includes a long "You're-awesome! No-you're-awesome!" conversation between Tarantino and the Italian filmmaker.
I wasn't crazy about Inglorious Bastards (I would have probably liked it better if I had seen it as a kid at the old Trianon Twin Theater on NW Seventh Street, where I regularly snuck in to see all kinds of awesome exploitation movies in my pre-VHS childhood), but I can see why Tarantino would be inspired to remake it. He's planning to have it ready in time for next year's Cannes Film Festival, but considering how slowly he tends to work, I'm skeptical.