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Kurt Russell steps in for Kevin Costner in Tarantino's Django Unchained

Sep. 30, 2011by: Dave Davis

It was exciting to learn that Kevin Costner would be getting in touch with his dark side to play ruthless slave trainer Ace Woody, henchman to Leonardo DiCaprio's villain Calvin Candie, in Quentin Tarantino's "Southern" DJANGO UNCHAINED. Alas, Costner's return to the time period wasn't meant to be.

But how's this for a fair trade? Kurt Russell will reportedly take on the role instead (interestingly, one former Wyatt Earp going outlaw instead of another). The iconic genre actor was last seen on screen as vehicular murderer Stuntman Mike in QT's DEATH PROOF.

In addition, Tarantino is bringing back another previous collaborator in actress Laura Cayouette. She made a brief appearance in KILL BILL Vol. 2, but is getting a bump for DJANGO -- she'll play Lara Lee, widowed sister of Candie and co-owner of his plantation.

The pre-Civil War story will star Jamie Foxx as a slave named Django, who is freed by a German bounty hunter named Schultz (played by Christoph Waltz, who recently sustained a painful-sounding injury in the crotch area while training for the role). Schultz takes the free man under his wing and trains him in weapons and deception, assisting his violent quest to be reunited with still-enslaved love Broomhilda.

Aside from Foxx, Waltz and DiCaprio, the movie will also feature Gerald McRaney, Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Christopher and (possibly) Michael K. Williams.

Extra Tidbit: Russell makes a fine replacement for QT -- Mickey Rourke was initially cast as Stuntman Mike. Tarantino announced Russell taking over the role during the GRINDHOUSE panel at Comic Con.
Source: The WrapTHR

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2:37PM on 10/03/2011
Russell's going to be so perfectly awesome it's sick. My head is getting closer and closer to exploding at the mere notion of this movie. PS-Get well soon, Christoph. Bless your heart for being 55 years young and breakin' some bones training for a Tarantino movie. You rock.
Russell's going to be so perfectly awesome it's sick. My head is getting closer and closer to exploding at the mere notion of this movie. PS-Get well soon, Christoph. Bless your heart for being 55 years young and breakin' some bones training for a Tarantino movie. You rock.
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11:53PM on 10/02/2011
I have a hard time believing Kurt Russell as second banana to Leo DiCaprio. If anything, Russell should be cast as Calvin Candie and DiCaprio should be HIS henchman.
I have a hard time believing Kurt Russell as second banana to Leo DiCaprio. If anything, Russell should be cast as Calvin Candie and DiCaprio should be HIS henchman.
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5:17PM on 10/02/2011
I enjoyed Tango & Cash
I enjoyed Tango & Cash
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3:11PM on 10/02/2011

Yes!

This is fantastic news!
This is fantastic news!
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2:56PM on 10/02/2011
good good stuff-
good good stuff-
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1:59PM on 10/02/2011
now that's cool.
now that's cool.
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12:17AM on 10/02/2011
YES YES YES THIS HAS TO HAPPEN!!!!
YES YES YES THIS HAS TO HAPPEN!!!!
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4:59PM on 10/01/2011
Good Kurt Russell is fucking amazing and needs to be in more roles.
Good Kurt Russell is fucking amazing and needs to be in more roles.
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4:03PM on 10/01/2011
Definitely great casting, but definitely not having a fangasm like everyone else. I'm just hoping that this movie lives up to its promise, and is not like the last movie QT made that was a complete snoozefest
Definitely great casting, but definitely not having a fangasm like everyone else. I'm just hoping that this movie lives up to its promise, and is not like the last movie QT made that was a complete snoozefest
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3:30PM on 10/01/2011
Hot Damn! I can't wait to see this movie. It's great to have Russell working with a great director again. Why the hell doesn't he work with Carpenter anymore?
Hot Damn! I can't wait to see this movie. It's great to have Russell working with a great director again. Why the hell doesn't he work with Carpenter anymore?
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4:49PM on 10/01/2011
Because Carpenter doesn't work anymore...
Because Carpenter doesn't work anymore...
8:28AM on 10/03/2011
Akskier...'The Ward' not ring any bells?
Akskier...'The Ward' not ring any bells?
2:27PM on 10/01/2011
Russell is a great choice, if Costner couldn't do it. With Tarantino re-teaming with some actors, I'm surprised he hasn't sent an offer to Uma Thurman for some part since she seems to need it most. Has anyone seen a decent film with her in it since Kill Bill?
Russell is a great choice, if Costner couldn't do it. With Tarantino re-teaming with some actors, I'm surprised he hasn't sent an offer to Uma Thurman for some part since she seems to need it most. Has anyone seen a decent film with her in it since Kill Bill?
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1:50PM on 10/01/2011
Damn, this movie is going to be big!
Damn, this movie is going to be big!
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12:39PM on 10/01/2011

Hell yeah

Needless to say, I'm in.
Needless to say, I'm in.
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12:06PM on 10/01/2011

WTF

How did I not think of this before? This the best casting news SINCE Russel in Death Proof.
How did I not think of this before? This the best casting news SINCE Russel in Death Proof.
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11:30AM on 10/01/2011
Okay I was definitely looking forward to seeing Costner get a good role again, but... yeah. I'll take Kurt Russell any day.

Now if they just confirm Michael K. Williams, I'll be the happiest man on Earth.
Okay I was definitely looking forward to seeing Costner get a good role again, but... yeah. I'll take Kurt Russell any day.

Now if they just confirm Michael K. Williams, I'll be the happiest man on Earth.
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11:00AM on 10/01/2011

Best spit take ever

Really dug the idea of Costner as a Tarantino villain, but Stuntman Mike was one of the most satisfying and believable villains in recent memory.

And just to recap, this Spaghetti Western/slavery revenge movie now has Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, DiCaprio, Kurt Russell, and possibly Michael K Williams? Yee Haw
Really dug the idea of Costner as a Tarantino villain, but Stuntman Mike was one of the most satisfying and believable villains in recent memory.

And just to recap, this Spaghetti Western/slavery revenge movie now has Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, DiCaprio, Kurt Russell, and possibly Michael K Williams? Yee Haw
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10:52AM on 10/01/2011
Honestly...the second I heard Costner was out..I knew this was going to be the next option.
Honestly...the second I heard Costner was out..I knew this was going to be the next option.
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10:09AM on 10/01/2011
Improvement.
Improvement.
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9:33AM on 10/01/2011
Kurt Russell! I'm Game!
Kurt Russell! I'm Game!
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8:59AM on 10/01/2011
I think I hear angels singing in the sky like a choir.
I think I hear angels singing in the sky like a choir.
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7:41AM on 10/01/2011
This is good news. Now even better news would be Jaime Fox dropping out and get replaced by someone who doesn't suck horribly.
This is good news. Now even better news would be Jaime Fox dropping out and get replaced by someone who doesn't suck horribly.
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7:27AM on 10/01/2011

No Travolta?

for his 20th comeback,russel for everything btw.
for his 20th comeback,russel for everything btw.
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7:26AM on 10/01/2011
Absolutely love this bit of casting news!
Absolutely love this bit of casting news!
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4:10AM on 10/01/2011
Umm, how do I say this...?
FUCKING AMAZING!!
Umm, how do I say this...?
FUCKING AMAZING!!
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4:04AM on 10/01/2011

QUENTIN ...

... should cast Russell in his every movie from now on. The guy is a LEGEND.
... should cast Russell in his every movie from now on. The guy is a LEGEND.
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1:47AM on 10/01/2011

What the Hell, Quentin?

After Death Proof he should have been your first choice!
After Death Proof he should have been your first choice!
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1:37AM on 10/01/2011

Two Words

Up Grade

Seriously though, Leo/Russell as maniacal slave owners? Are you shitting me? I can't wait for this.
Up Grade

Seriously though, Leo/Russell as maniacal slave owners? Are you shitting me? I can't wait for this.
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12:47AM on 10/01/2011
Shit yes!
Shit yes!
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12:41AM on 10/01/2011

While I'm disappointed...

to hear Costner had to drop out, as I was looking forward to seeing him play a villain again, I'm glad to hear that his role will be in Snake's hands.
to hear Costner had to drop out, as I was looking forward to seeing him play a villain again, I'm glad to hear that his role will be in Snake's hands.
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12:36AM on 10/01/2011
This is some AWESOME f*cking news!
This is some AWESOME f*cking news!
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12:31AM on 10/01/2011
Now that's some casting I can get behind!
Now that's some casting I can get behind!
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12:13AM on 10/01/2011

Fucking A !

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11:08PM on 09/30/2011
Cool! He was my first choice to replace Costner, really glad Tarantino thought so too!
Cool! He was my first choice to replace Costner, really glad Tarantino thought so too!
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