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Kevin Costner joins Django Unchained! I repeat: Kevin Costner joins Django Unchained!

07.18.2011

I've long been a fan of Kevin Costner and felt he was unfairly shunned by Hollywood after WATERWORLD and THE POSTMAN. Why did John Travolta get his big, fancy (and unnecessary) comeback while Costner was busy not getting any roles? Well the man who brought back Travolta to the A-list is fixing to do the same for Costner.

Quentin Tarantino is in talks with Costner for a major supporting role in DJANGO UNCHAINED. And if you think he's sticking with his wholesome good boy image - which I'm sure will be on full display as Pa Kent in MAN OF STEEL - think again. Costner will be playing the nasty associate of Dr. Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who trains slaves for a series of brutal fights. In fact, Candie introduces him in the script as "my nigger fight trainer extraordinaire." (Not exactly something you thought you'd hear DiCaprio introducing Costner has anytime soon, huh?)

Costner joins a cast that includes DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx in the title role, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. With most of the major players now cast, the focus turns to Broomhilda, the female lead and wife to Django. It's a tough role - she needs to be young, beautiful and fluent in both English and German - so Tarantino may have to go all Melanie Laurent on us to find someone capable.

As for Costner, it's great to have him back and, while this is especially early, would love to see him in the hunt for a comeback Oscar.

Source: Deadline

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2:12AM on 07/20/2011

Costner does...

villainy just as well...no one's seen Mr Brooks? I don't think he's washed up, i think he just took a sabbatical from acting, when you have that much talent you can.
villainy just as well...no one's seen Mr Brooks? I don't think he's washed up, i think he just took a sabbatical from acting, when you have that much talent you can.
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1:52AM on 07/20/2011
What about that black actress from Rush Hour 3. She's young, black and smoking hot. Although she spoke French, but it's all the same outside of English. Just saying.
What about that black actress from Rush Hour 3. She's young, black and smoking hot. Although she spoke French, but it's all the same outside of English. Just saying.
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4:52PM on 07/19/2011
Agree with everything said here. I have to say its a guilty pleasure i know but i enjoyed Costner in Mr. Brooks lol. anyways this is just getting me soo fucking pumped for this film.
Agree with everything said here. I have to say its a guilty pleasure i know but i enjoyed Costner in Mr. Brooks lol. anyways this is just getting me soo fucking pumped for this film.
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3:33PM on 07/19/2011
The more I read about this movie, the more excited I get. Great story with an amazing cast that continues to get better. Right on!
The more I read about this movie, the more excited I get. Great story with an amazing cast that continues to get better. Right on!
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12:41PM on 07/19/2011
Would love to see Kevin Costner's comeback. But plz dont tell me LEO is calvin. I always imagined Calvin to be older than what Leo would look
Would love to see Kevin Costner's comeback. But plz dont tell me LEO is calvin. I always imagined Calvin to be older than what Leo would look
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3:49AM on 07/19/2011

Nice!!!

I'm a Fan of the casting...excluding Jamie Foxx.

Is he Really going to be Django because I read the script and I'm just not really seeing it honestly. It could also be the fact that I'm not a fan of him but still I'm on the fence. We'll just have to wait and see I guess
I'm a Fan of the casting...excluding Jamie Foxx.

Is he Really going to be Django because I read the script and I'm just not really seeing it honestly. It could also be the fact that I'm not a fan of him but still I'm on the fence. We'll just have to wait and see I guess
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2:41AM on 07/19/2011
Great! Another A-list actor gets to say "nigger" on-screen
Great! Another A-list actor gets to say "nigger" on-screen
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2:11AM on 07/19/2011

So...Am I the only movie fan on this site that pay attention to movies?

I'm glad that he is going to be in this, but really..."unfairly shunned in Hollywood"...the man has made 13 films since then, all of them major releases from big studios, and most of them pretty respectable films.
For the Love of the Game, 13 days, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Dragonfly, Open Range, Mr. Brooks, Swing Vote, The COmpany Men.
Not to mention Tin Cup being wedged right between Waterworld and The Postman. Sure they were not all starring roles, but hardly the work of man trying to
I'm glad that he is going to be in this, but really..."unfairly shunned in Hollywood"...the man has made 13 films since then, all of them major releases from big studios, and most of them pretty respectable films.
For the Love of the Game, 13 days, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Dragonfly, Open Range, Mr. Brooks, Swing Vote, The COmpany Men.
Not to mention Tin Cup being wedged right between Waterworld and The Postman. Sure they were not all starring roles, but hardly the work of man trying to scrape up work where he can. And for the record I am not a Costner Fan. I hope that Jamie Foxx cuts off his head Lucy Lu style. But be real, he doesn't really need a "come back."
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11:10PM on 07/18/2011
i like kevin.
i like kevin.
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11:08PM on 07/18/2011

Casting/Editing

The cast is top-notch so far, but I'm more interested in who's editing this film;  excited to see how a Tarantino film turns out without Sally Menke. I believe she's as much as what makes a QT film a QT film as QT is, and I'm afraid the next editor might be afraid to say no to some of QT's ideas, which Menke was not. Also, I think Fox is a better choice than Elba. Elba's naturally such a badass, and Django is beat-down slave that becomes a master at firearms. Elba seems like he could just rip
The cast is top-notch so far, but I'm more interested in who's editing this film;  excited to see how a Tarantino film turns out without Sally Menke. I believe she's as much as what makes a QT film a QT film as QT is, and I'm afraid the next editor might be afraid to say no to some of QT's ideas, which Menke was not. Also, I think Fox is a better choice than Elba. Elba's naturally such a badass, and Django is beat-down slave that becomes a master at firearms. Elba seems like he could just rip heads off from the get go. I think QT could make Eddie Murphy seem threatening.
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9:57PM on 07/18/2011
Back in the mid-'90s Kevin Costner was the butt of many jokes in my family, due mostly to his complete lack of an accent in Prince of Thieves. But in all honesty, I love this guy. And he can ham it up in sinister roles pretty damn well. And now I'm looking even MORE forward to this movie.
Back in the mid-'90s Kevin Costner was the butt of many jokes in my family, due mostly to his complete lack of an accent in Prince of Thieves. But in all honesty, I love this guy. And he can ham it up in sinister roles pretty damn well. And now I'm looking even MORE forward to this movie.
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9:26PM on 07/18/2011
Another Oscar nom for Django Unchained. Costner is great in everything but I think his best is Revenge, which Tarantino say's is Tony Scott's masterpiece. (unrated director's cut)
Another Oscar nom for Django Unchained. Costner is great in everything but I think his best is Revenge, which Tarantino say's is Tony Scott's masterpiece. (unrated director's cut)
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9:44PM on 07/18/2011
Tarantino said that? Holy shit I thought that I was the only one who even SAW revenge much less actually liked it. A lot of people don't know what I'm talking about when I reference that movie.
Tarantino said that? Holy shit I thought that I was the only one who even SAW revenge much less actually liked it. A lot of people don't know what I'm talking about when I reference that movie.
10:37PM on 07/18/2011
Yeah it's a great film a lot of people haven't seen. Also John Leguizamo's first big film. The QT review is actually on the cover of the bluray director's cut.
Yeah it's a great film a lot of people haven't seen. Also John Leguizamo's first big film. The QT review is actually on the cover of the bluray director's cut.
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8:50PM on 07/18/2011
Kevin Costner, we are ready for your comeback.
Kevin Costner, we are ready for your comeback.
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8:38PM on 07/18/2011
This is going to be fantastically politically incorrect.
This is going to be fantastically politically incorrect.
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7:50PM on 07/18/2011
"Here endeth the lesson"
"Here endeth the lesson"
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7:14PM on 07/18/2011
Great to see Costner in more roles. I would really love for him to direct another movie as well. Dances with Wolves is a masterpiece. Heck, I was one of the few who really liked the Postman as well.
Great to see Costner in more roles. I would really love for him to direct another movie as well. Dances with Wolves is a masterpiece. Heck, I was one of the few who really liked the Postman as well.
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7:07PM on 07/18/2011
there could be oscar nod's across the board! I love the coster choice for that role! he'll play the guy who trains the "Mandingo N*****" to fight im guessing.. so far this cast is fucking fantastic!
there could be oscar nod's across the board! I love the coster choice for that role! he'll play the guy who trains the "Mandingo N*****" to fight im guessing.. so far this cast is fucking fantastic!
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6:49PM on 07/18/2011
Excited as hell to see DiCaprio in this. Anyone else think this is the role/movie that finally gets him his first Oscar win?
Excited as hell to see DiCaprio in this. Anyone else think this is the role/movie that finally gets him his first Oscar win?
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7:20PM on 07/18/2011
Well I actually think he'll win for J. Edgar.
Well I actually think he'll win for J. Edgar.
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5:57PM on 07/18/2011

DiCaprio?

Is DiCaprio 100% in this? If so, wowzers. This will be the most star-studded cast since "The Departed."
Is DiCaprio 100% in this? If so, wowzers. This will be the most star-studded cast since "The Departed."
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5:28PM on 07/18/2011

FUCK YES!!

I dont what you guys on mfc think this guy doesnt belong in Movie Jail he did two of the greatest westerns known to man Dances with wolves and open range and it is about time he got his comeback brilliant actor and with this superman next year costner hopefully will be getting the meatier roles again
I dont what you guys on mfc think this guy doesnt belong in Movie Jail he did two of the greatest westerns known to man Dances with wolves and open range and it is about time he got his comeback brilliant actor and with this superman next year costner hopefully will be getting the meatier roles again
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5:16PM on 07/18/2011

Cast keeps getting better and better

Great to see Costner still getting interesting roles, he was terrific in Upside of Anger
Great to see Costner still getting interesting roles, he was terrific in Upside of Anger
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4:36PM on 07/18/2011
The cast sounds amazing so far...except for Jamie Foxx...Idris Elba would have been better
The cast sounds amazing so far...except for Jamie Foxx...Idris Elba would have been better
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4:30PM on 07/18/2011

He deserves it...

Costner deserves a return to mainstream, anyone watching his current DTV stuff (The New Daughter) knows that he's still making an effort even though he knows it's not a theatrical movie...Hope it works out for him.
Costner deserves a return to mainstream, anyone watching his current DTV stuff (The New Daughter) knows that he's still making an effort even though he knows it's not a theatrical movie...Hope it works out for him.
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4:24PM on 07/18/2011
I'm hoping for a Travolta-like comeback with this movie. And yeah, Mr. Brooks was AMAZING and I wish we were getting the sequel about his daughter. And for as much as Waterworld and 3KMTG get dumped on, I've actually never met anyone who HASN'T seen them and DOESN'T love em. Where are these people at?
I'm hoping for a Travolta-like comeback with this movie. And yeah, Mr. Brooks was AMAZING and I wish we were getting the sequel about his daughter. And for as much as Waterworld and 3KMTG get dumped on, I've actually never met anyone who HASN'T seen them and DOESN'T love em. Where are these people at?
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7:23PM on 07/18/2011
I never understood all the hate for Waterworld, I always loved it. Maybe its because it came out when I was a kid and was oblivious to the world of movie reviews.
I never understood all the hate for Waterworld, I always loved it. Maybe its because it came out when I was a kid and was oblivious to the world of movie reviews.
4:14PM on 07/18/2011
This is awesome news as Costner has always been great. Now if Tarantino would wisen up and get rid of the suck that is Jamie Foxx, this could be terrific.
This is awesome news as Costner has always been great. Now if Tarantino would wisen up and get rid of the suck that is Jamie Foxx, this could be terrific.
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4:02PM on 07/18/2011
As someone whose read the script, Costerner's first scene will be mad brutal as hell.
As someone whose read the script, Costerner's first scene will be mad brutal as hell.
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7:09PM on 07/18/2011
I've read it twice! and yes that scene is going to be fantastic! this really could end up being QT's best movie.
I've read it twice! and yes that scene is going to be fantastic! this really could end up being QT's best movie.
3:58PM on 07/18/2011
Kevin Costner made Open Range and Mr.Brooks after the disasters you mentioned. Both of those were great.
Kevin Costner made Open Range and Mr.Brooks after the disasters you mentioned. Both of those were great.
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3:58PM on 07/18/2011

Wasn't he up for the role of Bill

This cast just keeps getting better and better, with this an Superman I hope Costner is back for good. Just don't let him do an accent of any kind and it will be great!
This cast just keeps getting better and better, with this an Superman I hope Costner is back for good. Just don't let him do an accent of any kind and it will be great!
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3:58PM on 07/18/2011

Uh-oh.

Looks like someone had a cake with a file in it delivered to movie jail!
Looks like someone had a cake with a file in it delivered to movie jail!
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3:56PM on 07/18/2011

good for him

have always really liked costner even if i didn't see all his movies. bull durham and field of dreams are enough to make him a legend.
have always really liked costner even if i didn't see all his movies. bull durham and field of dreams are enough to make him a legend.
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3:51PM on 07/18/2011

Yes Yes Yes

I agree with Mike that Costner is way too underrated. He was the bomb in Mr. Brooks.

Although he may be a dork in person. I caught Madonna's Truth or Dare on Palladia the other day and she totally dismissed him when she realized how boring he is.

I love Tarantino putting together these crazy casts.
I agree with Mike that Costner is way too underrated. He was the bomb in Mr. Brooks.

Although he may be a dork in person. I caught Madonna's Truth or Dare on Palladia the other day and she totally dismissed him when she realized how boring he is.

I love Tarantino putting together these crazy casts.
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3:45PM on 07/18/2011

Kevin has played the ultimate badass already...

3,000 Miles to Graceland baby!
3,000 Miles to Graceland baby!
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4:36PM on 07/18/2011
Go Wombats!
Go Wombats!
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3:44PM on 07/18/2011
He may not have gotten a lot of starring roles, but in his supporting roles he has been amazing. The Company Men he was awesome in, as well as every other person in that movie. Waterworld was a bad movie, but it is the type of bad movie i can sit down and enjoy from time to time. Plus, dude made Field of Dreams, he gets a pass for any shit movie he makes because of that!
He may not have gotten a lot of starring roles, but in his supporting roles he has been amazing. The Company Men he was awesome in, as well as every other person in that movie. Waterworld was a bad movie, but it is the type of bad movie i can sit down and enjoy from time to time. Plus, dude made Field of Dreams, he gets a pass for any shit movie he makes because of that!
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3:38PM on 07/18/2011
Costner was the bomb in The Upside Of Anger
Costner was the bomb in The Upside Of Anger
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3:37PM on 07/18/2011

Sounds like a great role for KC!

And now begins the speculation over a Travolta in Pulp Fiction-esque career revival. This is actually the most exciting bit of casting I've seen for this yet (though I feel odd admitting that, considering Leo).
And now begins the speculation over a Travolta in Pulp Fiction-esque career revival. This is actually the most exciting bit of casting I've seen for this yet (though I feel odd admitting that, considering Leo).
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