No Jonah Hill for Django Unchained; More Cast Announced
11.10.11 by Ryan
Writer-director Quentin Tarantino has been busy assembling the cast for his upcoming, anti-slavery "Southern" movie Django Unchained, which follows Jamie Foxx as a freed slave bent on rescuing his wife (Kerry Washington) from a sadistic slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
While a number of actors have recently joined the cast, there's one actor who won't be in the movie: Moneyball's Jonah Hill. Hill told MTV (via The Playlist since the interview is now inaccessible) that he was offered a role, but couldn't fit it into his schedule.
I got offered the new Quentin Tarantino movie, and I can't do it because of my schedule. Doing Quentin's movie would have obviously been amazing, but my schedule didn't work out, which sucks.
Four other actors did have the time required to be in Tarantino's movie, however. Deadline reports that Todd Allen (The Apostle) has joined the cast to play plantation overseer Dollar Bill. Allen has never worked with Tarantino on screen, but was in an acting class with him 25 years ago.
According to Variety, Tom Wopat (Dukes of Hazard), James Remar (Warriors, Dexter) and James Russo (Public Enemies) have also joined the ensemble. Remar and Russo will play slave trading brothers Ace and Dicky Speck, who purchase Django at a slave auction. Wopat will play Marshall Gill Tatum.
The actors join a cast that includes Kurt Russell as brutal slave trainer Ace Woody, rapper-turned-actor RZA as Thaddeus, a violent slave who works on the Mississippi plantation, Laura Cayouette (Kill Bill, Vol. 2) as DiCaprio's widowed sister, Don Johnson as a wealthy plantation owner named Spencer Bennett, Samuel L. Jackson as Candie's valet, Stephen, Misty Upham (Frozen River) as a trading post-bar owner named Minnie and Christoph Waltz as the German bounty hunter that trains Django in the art of revenge.