Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz, buys the freedom of a slave, Django, and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of Django's wife who is under the hands of Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner.
Having shied away from an on-screen appearance in his last few films, Quentin Tarantino is set to return to the spotlight in Django Unchained, in which he is set to make a cameo.
TV star Rex Linn has revealed that QT was so enamoured with his character Tennessee Harry, that he decided to get in on his scene and take a few of his lines.
"Quentin told me that he liked the scene so much he wanted to be in it, too, and that he would also be taking some of my lines," said Linn. "So, you'll know the scenes when you see them."
"We'll be on the screen with Don Johnson and Jonah Hill," he continued. "The scenes may not be long, but you will remember them."
Meanwhile, Tarantino apparently has his eye on making a film in Australia, at least according to his close friend, Wolf Creek's John Jarratt.
"He wants to make this Australian film and I'll keep kicking him until he does," said Jarratt "He's told me he likes tough grittiness... He likes the way we make low-budget movies that look a trillion dollars and stand up next to the Bruce Willis movie next door."Source: www.totalfilm.com
Django Unchained has an incredible cast, and part of the fun of following the movie's progress has been keeping an eye on the various exciting and intriguing casting announcements along the way.
But there's one performer who's been kept under wraps, until now. Jamie Foxx's horse, Cheetah. He's in the film and, according to Quentin Tarantino, "He's a big character."
Jamie Foxx said: "I always say great projects like [Django Unchained] parallel your life.
"About four and a half years ago, I got a horse for my birthday and I started riding.
"And the next thing you know, I run into this cinematic genius, I call him, 'Quentin Tarantino.'
"He says he has a Western and I said, "Well, I happen to have my own horse."
"And then, what even became more magical is that I was practicing on my horse, and now my horse is actually in the movie, so my horse, Cheetah, is who I ride.
"So, like I said, great things like that happen."
Tarantino said: "And his horse is a character in the movie.
His name is Tony in the movie and he's a big character. And that's Jamie's horse."Source: www.totalfilm.com
After previously missing out on a role due to a scheduling conflict, a change in circumstances will now allow Jonah Hill to appear in Django Unchained.
According to Deadline's report, Hill won't play the same character he was originally earmarked, that being one Scotty Harmony, a young man who is gifted Django's slave wife Broomhilda.
It's not yet known who he'll play, but given the revolving-door nature of Django's cast (Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen have all walked away from the project), there's obviously a suitable opening for him in there.
If it were being directed by anyone other than Quentin Tarantino, we'd possibly be getting worried about 11th-hour casting notices like this, but judging from the Django Unchained footage we've seen so far, there's no need to feel nervous.
Hill's career is spiking to an insane peak: earlier this year he had one of the biggest comedy hits of his career in 21 Jump Street, and he'll soon shoot The Wolf Of Wall Street with Martin Scorsese.
After an uncharacteristically reserved turn in Moneyball (in which he held his own against an on-form Brad Pitt), it's pleasing to see him balancing the comedies and dramas.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Django Unchained has suffered a double blow in the casting stakes, with both Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen dropping out of Quentin Tarantino's latest.
Russell is the second actor to leave the role of Ace Woody, having initially replaced Kevin Costner for the part. Costner had cited scheduling issues, but as yet, no reason has been given by Russell's camp for his departure.
Woody is one of the film's many villains, a ruthless trainer who pits various slaves against each other for the entertainment of the public. Could it be that the character is too controversial for A-list tastes, or is it purely coincidence that both Costner and Russell have dropped out?
Sacha Baron Cohen's departure seems a little more straightforward, with scheduling conflicts precluding his involvement. He was only earmarked for a cameo in any case, so his absence shouldn't rock the boat too much.
Meanwhile, QT still has plenty of acting talent at his disposal, with Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson all set to star.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Just when you thought the cast list for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained couldn't get any more eclectic, we get the news that Sacha Baron Cohen is in negotiations to sign up.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play a "minor but showy role," as a gambler who buys Django's (Jamie Foxx) enslaved wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington).
Baron Cohen joins what's possibly the most mouthwatering cast of next year, including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L Jackson and more.
Probably still best known for comedy creations Borat and Ali G, Baron Cohen has been gradually carving a niche as a 'proper' actor with supporting roles in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd and Martin Scorsese's Hugo.
His next big comedy character will be seen in The Dictator, which opens next summer. He's also rumoured to be playing Queen's Freddie Mercury in a long-gestating biopic of the flamboyant frontman.
Django Unchained opens on Boxing Day 2012, which means our best-of-the-year lists could need some last-minute rejigging...Source: www.totalfilm.com
Jonah Hill in a Tarantino western? It's movie news that we were cruelly denied due to Hill's scheduling conflicts.
Speaking to MTV, the star of Superbad and Get Him To The Greek said, "I got offered the new Quentin Tarantino movie, and I can't do it because of my schedule... Doing Quentin's movie would have been amazing".
Tarantino has gone on something of a casting spree over the past week, selecting less well-known television actors for next offering.
These include Rex Linn (CSI: Miami), who will play Tennessee Harry, and James Remar (Dexter) who will appear as Ace Speck, one of two trade slaving brothers.
Jonah Hill will next be seen in the remake of 80s series 21 Jump Street, out in March of next year.Source: www.totalfilm.com
It has been a long casting process, but today Quentin Tarantino finally found his Broomhilda.
Kerry Washington has landed the lead female role in Django Unchained.
The search has come to an end with Tarantino getting the actress he had his eye on from the beginning.
Kerry Washington, who had roles in Ray and The Last King Of Scotland and is to appear alongside Eddie Murphy in upcoming comedy A Thousand Words, has been rumoured for the part for a while.
She has now been confirmed, with producers The Weinstein Company entering negotiations with her representatives last night.
Washington will play Broomhilda, the wife of the titular Django (Jamie Foxx) and the woman who inspires his rampage of revenge.
The New York born actress will be surrounded by an A-list cast, with Leonardo Di Caprio, Samuel L Jackson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kurt Russell and Christoph Waltz all signed on to the project.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Special effects genius Tom Savini will appear in front of the camera in Quentin Tarantino's slave western Django Unchained. Savini's playing Elvis Brittle, one of the outlaw Brittle brothers who sell Django and his wife Broomhilda into a life of slavery, instigating the circumstances that lead to Django's rampage of revenge.
Savini's worked with Tarantino before of course, acting alongside him in From Dusk 'Til Dawn, and appearing in Tarantino-related projects Planet Terror and Machete, but this is the first time QT will be calling action on his old pal. Savini joins an already impressive cast which includes Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell and Don Johnson.
Django Unchained will be released in 2012, which is currently looking to be the greatest year in the history of cinema.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Don Johnson has signed up for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, but it took a hell of a lot of persuading. Tarantino has spent the past four months convincing Johnson to take on one of the script's most controversial parts, and it seems he's finally got his man.
Despite the fact Johnson's already played a racist in Robert Rodriguez's Machete, Don considered Unchained's Spencer Bennett even more irredeemable and was wary of taking on the role. Which is fair enough – Bennett is a rich plantation owner who forces his slaves into prostitution. Not exactly the sort of man you'd want to be associated with for the rest of your life.
But unless Don changes his mind (as Kevin Costner seemed to last month) he'll join what's shaping up to be an incredible cast, who will be delivering what's arguably Tarantino's best script. Which, when you consider the fact Don's last film was Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, will make a very nice change.Source: www.totalfilm.com
TF was all "Ooooooh" when we heard Kurt Russell was replacing Kevin Costner on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. But we were all "Owwwww" when we heard Christoph Waltz had dislocated his pelvic bone in a horse riding accident during pre-production of the same film.
According to a statement from his agent, the Oscar-winning actor was injured while training with his horse in preparation for the role.
"Waltz is currently being treated for a dislocated pelvic bone and is looking forward to getting back in the saddle," the statement added.
The actor will miss the New York Film Festival premiere of Roman Polanski's Carnage while he recovers.
Django Unchained is currently in pre-production, with the shoot due to start in November.Source: www.totalfilm.com
We were more than a little disappointed when Kevin Costner left Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained a couple of weeks ago, but QT has recast someone even more awesome in the role: Kurt Russell.
Yep, the former child actor and all-round '80s icon will be playing Ace, a cruel SOB who runs Calvin Candie's (Leonardo DiCaprio) plantation with an iron fist, making the lives of the slaves unbearable.
This isn't the first time Russell has stepped up to the plate for QT; he also replaced Mickey Rourke in Death Proof at the 11th hour and, in doing so, bagged one of his most badass roles in ages.
With Ace, it sounds like Tarantino is going to exploit that side of Russell again, and we can't bloody wait to see the results.
In related news, Laura Cayoutte, who played Rocket in Kill Bill: Vol. 2, has signed on to play Candie's sister and plantation co-owner.
For anyone who hasn't been following the development of Django with a religious fervour, Tarantino's take on the spaghetti western sees slave Django (Jamie Foxx) team up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his enslaved wife from Candie.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Michael K. Williams may have lost out on the lead role in Django Unchained, but it seems director Quentin Tarantino might be making good on his promise to write the actor a new role.
"I'm going to dare to say it's going to go," Williams told Ain't It Cool News.
"It came down to Jamie and I for Django, and [Tarantino] was gracious enough to call me and tell me that 'Jamie was his nigger.' Will Smith expressed some interest, but it came down to Jamie Foxx and I, like QT told me this personally out of his mouth over lunch." Tarantino has now asked him to keep his diary clear in early 2012.
"Yes, I've been given a timeline. January through April. I've been given some dates when he's going to want me to work but I haven't gotten the official word yet."
Williams is also keeping mum about what the role might be.
"Absolutely not. I can't right now. I do know but I won't tell you right now," he said.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Just when we thought Quentin Tarantino was bringing together the most awesome cast of all time for his slave western Django Unchained, one of the folks we were most excited about seeing has left the project.
Kevin Costner, rumoured to be playing Ace Woody (one of lead villain's Calvin Candie's key crew), has passed on the picture, citing 'scheduling conflicts.' It looks like Costner would rather make a TV movie entitled The Hatfields & The McCoys for the History Channel with his old pal Kevin Reynolds than work with the most exciting living director in the world.
But Kevin is also appearing in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man Of Steel, so maybe his role in that is bigger than we first thought. Either way, Tarantino will now have to find a new Ace. The gossips are currently suggesting Danny McBride, but we're not sure if we see it. Costner and McBride couldn't be more different. And we're particularly disappointed that Costner has dropped out, as we were looking forward to watching Django and Fandango in a Kevin Costner-themed rhyming double-bill. That dream is over.Source: www.totalfilm.com
It's been one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood, but Samuel L Jackson's people have finally confirmed the star will appear in Quentin Tarantino's next project Django Unchained. As has been long-rumoured, Sam will play Stephen, sadistic slave-owner Calvin Candie's (Leonardo DiCaprio) house-slave and right-hand man in the violent western.
Jackson officially joins an already awesome cast, including Jamie Foxx as Django, Christoph Waltz as a German bounty hunter, as well as the currently-rumoured Kevin Costner and - please let this be true - Treat Williams. Django Unchained is down for a 2012 release, and we can't motherfucking wait.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Kevin Costner is the latest A-list name to be associated with Quentin Tarantino's next film, Django Unchained.
Being pitched as a 'Southern', Django plays with the tropes of Westerns in a story about a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who attempts to save his wife from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
According to Deadline, Costner would play Ace Woody, the evil sonofabitch who's responsible for training slaves to fight in amusement park Candyland.
Costner's not struck a deal yet, but he's clearly interested in working with Tarantino for the first time. And with a character like that, he'd definitely have something to sink his teeth into.
Next up, Costner is playing Clark Kent's father Jonathan in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Jamie Foxx is to play the titular hero in Quentin Tarantino's hotly anticipated Western, Django Unchained.
Tarantino reportedly met with Wild Wild West's Will Smith and Thor's Idris Elba before settling on Jamie Foxx for the starring role.
And while he was being offcially announced as the title star, Foxx let slip that Leonardo DiCaprio - long rumoured, never confirmed - will be appearing in QT's slavery epic.
Asked what he was most excited about, Foxx said: "I think, just to be able to work with Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio, and to be able to tell a story that needs to be told."
He added "If you are a fan of Inglourious Basterds, I mean, you know…it's just amazing. It should be amazing."
Foxx's Django will swear revenge against DiCaprio's insidious plantation owner after he kidnaps his wife.
Christoph Waltz is also rumoured to play Django's bounty hunter companion but no confirmation has been made as of yet.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Jamie Foxx has landed the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
Being touted as a 'Southern', Unchained will reportedly play with western movie tropes and relocate them to the Deep South.
Foxx will play a freed slave who attempts to save his lover from a malicious plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
He's aided in that quest by a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz).
Previously, Tarantino offered the slave role to Will Smith, who graciously turned it down. After meeting with Idris Elba, Terrence Howard and Chris Tucker, Tarantino finally settled on Foxx.
Though it's disappointing that neither Smith nor Elba will get to tackle the role, Foxx is a fine replacement.
Django Unchained opens 25 December 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained will be released on 25 December 2012.
The release date is probably only for the US, but the UK release date is likely to be close to that.
Django Unchained follows the story of a freed American slave who teams up with a German bounty hunter to save his wife from Calvin Candie, an evil plantation owner.
The film has so far almost recruited Christoph Waltz, Samuel L Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jamie Foxx is now rumoured to be the frontrunner for the role of Django, with Idris Elba and Chris Tucker also circling the role.
Tarantino released Jackie Brown around Christmas in 1997, but in 2012 he has The Hobbit, Man of Steel (Superman), Star Trek 2 and Life of Pi (Ang Lee's latest) to contend with.
What a very merry Christmas that will be.Source: www.totalfilm.com
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