Writer/director Hany Abu-Assad tackled some pretty weighty subject matter with his 2005 film Paradise Now, a very well received drama about suicide bombers. For his latest picture though, the upcoming action/thriller The Courier, he’s turned his focus to more audience-friendly fare. The film was written by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (the team behind the 3:10 to Yuma remake and Wanted), and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as “a courier who has tackled dangerous assignments and never missed a drop. He’s hired to deliver a briefcase to a notorious crime boss who can’t be found. The courier finds himself pursued by corrupt cops, double-crossing feds and rivals from the criminal underworld.”
Now Mickey Rourke and Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) have joined the cast, with Schweiger playing an FBI agent and Rourke in an unspecified role. Additionally, Schweiger has also joined This Means War, McG’s spy flick about two best friends (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) who fall in love with the same woman (Reese Witherspoon).
I loved Morgan’s work in Watchmen, and have been awaiting another stand-out performance from him. With this cast and director alongside him, The Courier may provide him an opportunity to live up to his potential—if not as a thespian, at least as an action star. [The Wrap, Variety]
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Universal Pictures International has released a batch of new photos from Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourios Basterds on CineMovies (found via ThePlaylist). The new production photos take a look at some of the characters not included in the character posters we’ve been featuring over the past few weeks (as well as some of the “Basterds” we’ve seen before) and some of the location shots from the movie. Above is a photo of Til Schweiger as Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz, an ex-Nazi who is recruited into the Basters unit. More photos after the jump.
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The Weinstein Co has given us an EXCLUSIVE look at a new character poster for Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds. This is the fifth poster in the series of character posters which have also featured: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, and Mélanie Laurent. The new poster features Til Schweiger, who plays Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz, an ex-Nazi who is recruited into the Basters unit. Check out the full poster after the jump. Click to enlarge.
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Belga.de has a first look at Til Schweiger in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds. In the film Schweiger plays a bloodthirsty maniac named Hugo Stiglitz, an ex-German-soldier, who is recruited to join Lt Aldo Raine’s (Brad Pitt) squad of Nazi-killing Jews. Hugo Stiglitz is also a name of a Mexican actor who was a big star in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
The Weinstein Co today sent out a press release announcing last week’s start of production on Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming WWII film Inglourious Basterds. You might notice that both words are misspelled, much like the early screenplay that got leaked onto the internet a few months back. That is the official title of the film, likely in an attempt to distinguish itself from the 1978 Enzo Castellari film which inspired Tarantino.
You can read the full press release after the jump, which features a full cast and crew listing. New additions to the cast list include: Omar Doom and Michael Bacall (from Death Proof), Julie Dreyfus (Sophie Fatale from Kill Bill), Cloris Leachman (from The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and many others. Photo above thanks to Tarantino Archives. It is also worth mentioning that an Inglourious Basterds poster has again begun to circulate the internet movie sites. It has the wrong title spelling, so I’m pretty sure it’s fan created.
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UPDATE: Simon Pegg has dropped out of Inglorious Bastards due to “scheduling difficulties,” per the brief explanation on his MySpace.
OMG, Neal Schweiber is going to fight the Führer! Actor, Samm Levine, forever a babyface and best known for his role on Freaks and Geeks, is set to star as a Nazi-slaying U.S. soldier in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglorious Bastards. The casting news was confirmed by AICN. His role was not specified. However, the site also reported that David Krumholtz, who played Samm’s older bro on Freaks, will not be in the film as rumored.
Levine’s casting continues QT’s comedy-skewing trend for his WWII blow-out, following Michael Myers’s bit part as a British general, Simon Pegg as a Bastard, The Office‘s B.J. Novak as a Bastard, and the oft-cornball, Eli Roth, as the Bear Jew. Brad Pitt will lead this formidable gang on a mission to “git 100 Nazi scalps” and face off against the Jew Hunter, a part that is still available for a German actor.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that German critics are getting into a fuss about the leaked script’s depiction of all Germans as evil people who need to be crushed. Apparently, the lack of a distinction between Nazi soldiers and regular German ones causes concern. Blah blah. We’ll let the Bear Jew decide. Also, Tarantino is said to have met with German actors Daniel Brühl (age 30, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Til Schweiger (age 45, Bye Bye Harry). Inglorious Bastards begins shooting near Berlin this October.
Discuss: Will Neal bring his dummy to battle? For our German readers who have read the script, do these critics have a point?