425pittbradlc101708 Brad Pitt's bloody 'Inglourious Basterds' a summer action movie
Get ready for the “Inglourious Basterds.”

According to E!, Quentin Tarantino‘s controversial World War II-era epic  will be released by the Weinstein Co. on Aug. 21.

Tarantino’s first solo directorial effort in more than four years
started production in Germany in October.

And it’s the reason for that period pencil-thin ‘stache Brad Pitt has been sporting and probably will continue to wear throughout the awards season.

In addition to Pitt, Diane Kruger, B.J. Novak and Mike Myers, the film also stars Cloris Leachman, and it’s the story of a band of Jewish American soldiers who hunt down and gorily slaughter their German counterparts in France.

Wow. Good times. This sounds like even more fun than Tom Cruise‘s Nazis hunting other Nazis thriller, "Valkyrie."

We can hardly wait. Pass the popcorn!

Will you go see this movie? For Tarantino? For Pitt? Or for Cloris Leachman? Will she do a Frau Blucher?

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Photo: Courtesy of Basterds/taken by Fran├žois Duhamel