Nicole Sperling
July 30, 2008 AT 09:28 PM EDT

Quentin Tarantino‘s uberviolent WWII project Inglorious Bastards has finally found its star — and its home. Reps for Brad Pitt confirm that the prolific father is in negotiations to play Lieut. Aldo Raine. (A source says rumors that Tarantino is also courting Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of Col. Hans Landa are false.) After three weeks of very public negotiations — and after everyone with a Hollywood zip code has seemingly seen a copy of the script — sources say the movie will land at Universal Pictures. Dealmaking has been handed off to the studio’s lawyers, and while nothing is set in stone, it appears that the studio will partner with Tarantino and producer/domestic distributor Harvey Weinstein to cofinance the film and handle international distribution.

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