Tarantino's Basterds Begins Production in Germany
10.14.08 by REELZ
Quentin Tarantino's war epic Inglourious Basterds (yep, that's the correct spelling) recently started production in Germany. The pic features a gigantic cast that now officially includes Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl, Samm Levine, B.J. Novak, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, Paul Rust, Michael Bacall, Omar Doom, Sylvester Groth, Julie Dreyfus, Jacky Ido, August Diehl, Martin Wuttke, Richard Sammel, Christian Berkel, Sonke Mohring, Michael Fassbender, Rod Taylor, Denis Menochet, and Cloris Leachman.
According to the release from Weinstein, Basterds starts out in a German-occupied France. Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family by Nazis. She manages to escape to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner of a cinema.
Meanwhile, Lt. Aldo Raines (Pitt) organizes a series of retribution attacks by Jewish soldiers known as "The Basterds." They join German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich.
A specific release on Inglourious Basterds has not been set, but Weinstein confirms that it will release in 2009.