Tarantino gets his French girl

Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger join 'Inglorious Bastards'

Diane Kruger has been cast as Bridget Von Hammersmark, the role that had been pegged for Nastassja Kinski, in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Bastards." German star Til Schweiger also has nabbed a role in the World War II movie.

"Bastards" revolves around a French girl's revenge on the Nazis and also follows a band of American Nazi killers. Both story lines eventually converge.

Kinski was in talks with Tarantino, who even flew to Germany to meet the actress, but a deal wasn't reached. Kruger, best known for her work in "Troy" and the "National Treasure" movies, will now portray the part of a glamorous German actress who ends up helping the Nazi hunters infiltrate a movie premiere. Kruger, who hails from Germany, will act in German and English in the film.

Schweiger will play a member of the Nazi killer team, headed by Brad Pitt's character, Lt. Aldo Raine.

Others in the cast include Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl, Eli Roth and Mike Myers.

The Weinstein Co./Universal co-production starts shooting Oct. 13 in Germany, with the plan to debut at the Festival de Cannes in May. The Weinstein Co. and Universal are co-financing and co-presenting the film, with Lawrence Bender producing and Erica Steinberg, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein executive producing.

Schweiger, repped by Anonymous Content, has appeared in such studio movies as "King Arthur" and "Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." He produced his Teutonic boxoffice hit "Rabbit Without Ears" and next directs and produces "1 1/2 Knights -- In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde."

Kruger, who also appeared in the foreign-language Oscar entry "Joyeux Noel," has "Mr. Nobody" with Sarah Polley and Jared Leto and "Run for Her Life" with Dermot Mulroney in the can. She is repped by ICM and Finch & Partners.