Brad Pitt in Inglourius Basterds
Francois Duhamel/The Weinstein Company
04/02/2009 at 06:00 AM EDT
is going to Cannes – and means to win.
The star's WWII action film, the intentionally misspelled Inglourious Basterds
, has been invited to this year's May 13-24 Cannes Film Festival, and the film's director, Quentin Tarantino, has not only accepted the call, Variety
reports, he's agreed to allow the picture into competition.
The trade paper further reports that Tarantino has promised the Weinstein Company and Universal that his Dirty Dozen
-style adventure about Jewish-American commandos battling Nazis will be ready in May. The movie is scheduled to open to the public Aug. 21.
A Cannes premiere – and possible prize – helps launch word of mouth. Basterds
will mark Tarantino's fifth time out in Cannes – but only his second time at vying for the fest's top prize, the Palme d'Or. His Pulp Fiction
took that one in 1994.
In recent years, Pitt has become a regular at the world's largest film festival. After turns for Troy
and Ocean's 13
, he appeared on last year's red carpet alongside partner Angelina Jolie
, who was there in support
of her movies Changeling
and Kung Fu Panda