Quentin Tarantino has cast Michael Bacall (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation“), Eli Roth (director of Hostel) and newcomer Omar Doom in his half of Grindhouse, the highly anticipated double feature he is making with Robert Rodriguez, which will include two films joined by faux ads and trailers. Rodriguez’s movie is called “Planet Terror”, while Tarantino’s movie is “Death Proof”, a slasher flick. Bacall, Roth and Doom are cast in “Death Proof” alongside Kurt Russell and Zoe Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Marley Shelton, Tracie Thoms and Mary Elizabeth Winstead who were previously announced in July at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con International. The announcement was made today by Quentin Tarantino and Dimension Films.
The ensemble cast for Rodriguez’s “Planet Terror” includes Freddy Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin, Naveen Andrews, Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn, Stacy Ferguson (also known as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas), Jeff Fahey, and Michael Parks.
Grindhouse is being shot in the tradition of the ’70s exploitation films that have significantly influenced both Rodriguez and Tarantino.
Tarantino began shooting “Death Proof” in Austin, Texas on August 21st. Erica Steinberg and Elizabeth Avellan are serving as producers. Rodriguez recently completed principal photography on “Planet Terror” in Austin, with Elizabeth Avellan serving as producer.
Grindhouse will be released in theatres nationwide on Easter weekend – April 6, 2007.