The German-born, Kerry-raised actor Michael Fassbender is in final negotiations to join Quentin Tarantino's new World War Two drama 'Inglorious Bastards'.

Variety reports that if a deal is concluded Fassbender will play Lieutenant Archie Hicox in the movie.

Simon Pegg was in talks about playing the character but was unable to commit due to scheduling difficulties.

The Brad Pitt-starring 'Inglorious Bastards' will begin shooting in Germany in October.

Fassbender's other credits include '300' and the upcoming Bobby Sands film 'Hunger'.