After their quick trip to the US earlier this month, the Brangelina brood made their way back to Nice, France for what I guessed would be an extended stay. It turns out that their trip to Nice was only a stop-over on their way to Berlin, Germany where Brad Pitt has begun work on his next film, to be directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film is titled Inglourious Basterds and here is our first look at Brad in the role of nazi-hunter Lt. Aldo Raine:
In Brad Pitt’s upcoming World War II movie, he plays a vengeance-seeking Nazi hunter – and he looks the part. The first portrait of Pitt’s character, Lt. Aldo Raine, in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (yes, the misspelling is intentional), was released Monday. Clad in tough-looking fighter gear, Pitt portrays the leader of the “Basterds,” a group of Jewish-American soldiers who scalp and brutally kill Nazis. Pitt’s character is described on Tarantino.info as not “your Warner Brothers 1950’s WW2 hero … this is a hillbilly straight from the mountains of Tennessee.”
Interesting. Brad Pitt seems to have a penchant for taking on roles that have the ability to test his acting chops. His previous roles have been so varied that I hardly bat an eye whenever I hear of his next movie role. There was quite a bit of buzz over his role in Burn After Reading but since the movie was released this summer, I’ve heard nary a word about it since. This Tarantino film sounds a wee bit similar to the Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie (wherein Cruise plays a German soldier who tried to unsuccessfully assassinate Hitler) and may end up competing with the film. Valkyrie was supposed to be released this year and has been pushed back til next year. No word on when the Tarantino film will be released (since it just began filming) but a film like this tends to get released in time for serious Oscar contention (early Fall). Brad puts on a nice hero posture, we’ll have to see if he can deliver the goods when Inglourious Basterds eventually gets released.