Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained Casting: Kurt Russell in Talks to Replace Kevin Costner, Laura Cayouette Joins
10.02.11 by BJSprecher
It appears as if writer-director Quentin Tarantino is going back to the well once again to flesh out the cast of his latest movie, Django Unchained, a "Southern" about a freed slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) who attempts to rescue his wife (as-yet-uncast) from the plantation of Calvin Candie (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a sadistic slave owner who enjoys watching his slaves fight to the death.
The cast already includes Tarantino alumni Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) as a German bounty hunter who helps Django track down his wife and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown) as a proud house slave named Stephen. Now, THR reports Kurt Russell (Death Proof) is in talks to play Ace Woody, the evil slave trainer that Kevin Costner was going to play before he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, while Laura Cayouette (Kill Bill, Vol. 2) has joined the cast as the widowed sister of Calvin Candie and co-owner of the plantation.
Tarantino has ofted cited his love of "Spaghetti Westerns" and elements of the filmmaking style of Sergio Leone and other directors in the genre are evident in most of his movies, but Django Unchained will be his first overt stab at the genre. The most obvious inspiration for Django Unchained is Sergio Corbucci's 1966 Spaghetti Western Django, which was controversial in its day for its depictions of extreme violence — Tarantino borrowed the ear-severing scene that so traumatized audiences in Reservoir Dogs from Django — and is considered one of the seminal movies in the genre. Django has inspired more than thirty unofficial sequels and one official sequel, the 1987 movie Django 2: Il Grande Ritorno (Django 2: The Great Return), in which Franco Nero reprised the eponymous role.
Tarantino is expected to begin shooting Django Unchained in November. The Weinstein Company has tentatively slated it for release on December 25, 2012.