Kurt Russell Is Quentin Tarantino's Plan B Again, Replaces Kevin Costner In 'Django Unchained'

by Oliver Lyttelton
September 30, 2011 11:55 AM
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And 'Kill Bill' Vet Laura Cayouette Comes On Board As Well



We hope Quentin Tarantino appreciates how reliable Kurt Russell is. The director originally cast Mickey Rourke as the psychotic Stuntman Mike in his indulgent nadir "Death Proof," but Rourke and Tarantino seemed to fall out before filming began. Russell, the iconic lead of '80s pictures like "The Thing" and "Big Trouble In Little China," stepped in, to great effect, and was easily the best thing in the film. Now, five years on, Russell seems to have repeated the favor.

Kevin Costner was reported months back to be in talks to play Ace Woody, the mandingo-training right-hand-man of the villainous Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Tarantino's sure-to-be-controversial Western "Django Unchained," but in the last few weeks, Costner fell out thanks to scheduling conflicts. Now, just as "Tombstone" triumphed over "Wyatt Earp," Russell now looks to have replaced Costner, as The Wrap says The Weinstein Company have confirmed that the actor (who hasn't really been seen on screen since his last Tarantino picture) is in negotiations to take over the role.

It's a pretty solid choice, all in all. It perhaps loses some of the subversiveness of Costner in the role, but Russell will undoubtedly do a good job. And he's not the only one who's come on board the project; The Hollywood Reporter brings news that Laura Cayouette, who had a bit part in "Kill Bill Volume Two," has signed on to play Candie's sister, Lara-Lee, in the film. When we read the script we suggested Christina Hendricks for the part, and it seems we weren't a million miles away. Or at least we ticked the 'redhead' box. The pair join DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher and, it seems, Michael K. Williams, in the film, which The Weinstein Company will release on December 25th, 2012.

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6 Comments

  • brandi | October 2, 2011 3:11 AMReply

    Good. Rather see him than Costner.

  • Abner | October 2, 2011 1:35 AMReply

    Costner would've been a blast. What bullshit couldn't he get out of?

  • R | October 1, 2011 9:59 AMReply

    Not that subversive. Costner would have to go a long way to top the bad guy he played in 3000 Miles to Graceland with Kurt Russell. And... well.... Death Proof is Q's one unwatchably horrific movie so bad it should be deleted from his resume. He reinvented the slasher movie by making a fucked up slasher movie. The only props it deserves is to be torched to the laughter of a really pissed Jewish chick. Did I mention Death Proof was a terrible movie?

  • John | October 1, 2011 3:04 AMReply

    Seriously, Death Proof is probably his most "fun" film, I don't get the hate from this site. Maybe give it another viewing?

  • Kerry Meghan | October 1, 2011 1:38 AMReply

    So will DiCaprio be vying for awards recognition with this AND The Great Gatsby? Nice. Very different projects and hopefully both deliver.

  • Daniel | September 30, 2011 12:24 PMReply

    I wish Death Proof got a little more love and thought from critics, even if only for the cleverness of making two-movies-in-one in for the 2nd half of your double feature. Death Proof part 1 is one kind of 70's indie film, of the early Wes Craven style, and Death Proof part 2 is another -- a summer action B film, like Grand Theft Auto. And it's pretty slick that Tarantino uses the difference between them to generate both shock (Butterfly) and tension (thinking the girls in the 2nd half are ever in danger, when it's not that kind of film). Not to mention Russell terrifying in 1, and hilarious in 2; two perfectly played characters. Give the damn thing some props!

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