Quentin Tarantino has cast Kurt Russell (The Thing, Escape from New York), Zoe Bell (Kill Bill), Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Clerks II), Vanessa Ferlito (24, CSI: NY, Shadowboxer), Jordan Ladd (Waiting, Eli Roth's Cabin Fever), Rose McGowan (Charmed, Scream, and Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Veronica Mars, Joan of Arcadia), Marley Shelton (Sin City, Planet Terror), Tracie Thoms (Rent) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, upcoming Bobby and Black Christmas), in his segment 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 Planet Terror, will be a zombie film, while Tarantino's section, Death Proof, will be a slasher flick. The announcement was made today by Quentin Tarantino and Dimension Films in front of over 6000 film fans at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con International, an annual convention for comic book and genre pop culture fans with over 100,000 attendees.
The ensemble cast for Rodriguez's Planet Terror includes Freddy Rodriguez (Poseidon, Six Feet Under, Dead Presidents), Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin (Into The Blue, Hollow Man), Naveen Andrews (ABC's Lost), Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn (Alien, The Abyss), Stacy Ferguson (also known as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Poseidon), Jeff Fahey (Dark Hunters, Wyatt Earp), and Michael Parks (Kill Bill, From Dusk Till Dawn).
Grindhouse will be shot in the tradition of the '70s exploitation films that have significantly influenced both Rodriguez and Tarantino.
Rodriguez is currently in production on Planet Terror in Austin, Texas, with Elizabeth Avellan serving as producer. Tarantino is scheduled to begin shooting Death Proof in Austin in August. Erica Steinberg and Elizabeth Avellan are serving as producers.
Grindhouse will be released in theatres nationwide on Easter weekend - April 6, 2007.