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"Office" co-star Novak lines up "Bastards"

B.J. Novak poses at the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles August 27, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - B.J. Novak could soon be going from pushing paper to fighting Nazis.

The co-star of NBC’s “The Office” is in talks to play one of the soldiers in “Inglorious Bastards,” Quentin Tarantino’s long-gestating film about a band of Jewish resistance fighters in Vichy-era France.

Novak is expected to play Private Utivich, described as a soldier of slight build who comes from New York.

Novak is best known for his role as Ryan, the temp-turned-crooked manager on NBC’s “The Office.” He also has served as a writer and producer.

On the big screen, Novak has had small parts in the September 11 drama “Reign Over Me” and Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up.”

Casting is being finalized on “Bastards,” which is expected to shoot in the fall in Europe and wrap in time for a potential Cannes debut in May. Brad Pitt is in talks to play the leader of the band of fighters.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter