Jonah Hill (Finally) Joins Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained
Posted 06.15.12 by Ryan
Jonah Hill is one of several actors who either dropped out or refused a role in writer-director Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained. Yet — unlike Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Kevin Costner — Hill is back in.
Last November, Hill said his busy schedule didn't allow him to accept an undisclosed role in Tarantino's "Southern" movie. It was believed at the time that Hill had been offered the role of 24-year-old Scotty Harmony, whose father purchases the slave Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) — the wife of protagonist Django (Jamie Foxx) — for him before she is lost to plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Today, Deadline reports that Hill is back in the cast, but not as Scotty Harmony. According to the report, Hill is cast in yet another, undisclosed part.
After earning an Academy Award nomination for Moneyball, Hill has been making a concerted effort to find more dramatic roles. He recently joined director Martin Scorsese's adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street, opposite DiCaprio. With Foxx and Christoph Waltz playing an unlikely duo seeking their own personal revenge agendas, expect Hill to end up as one of the pair's many victims... Though you never know, Hill could be playing a more humorous role instead. His next movie, the comedy The Watch, opens July 27th.
Consider Django Unchained a bloody gift under the tree — the movie opens December 25th. Hill joins a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Don Johnson (Machete), Tom Wopat (Dukes of Hazard), James Remar (Warriors, Dexter), James Russo (Public Enemies), and Walton Goggins (Predators).