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Horror Maestro Tom Savini Joins 'Django Unchained' As Elvis Brittle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 9:52 AM
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With Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz in the lead roles of "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino can pretty much cast whoever the fuck he wants in the rest of the movie, so no surprise he's been favoring smaller/forgotten/veteran/cult names for the rest of the parts. And now he's added another.

Don Johnson Joins Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 10:14 AM
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Update: Deadline reveals that Johnson is lining up to play slave owner Spencer “Big Daddy” Bennett who employs the men that sold Django and Broomhilda into slavery.

M.C. Gainey To Play Big John Brittle In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 2:14 AM
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Christoph Waltz Is Injured During Pre-ProductionAs usual, the casting for Quentin Tarantino's next movie is a mix of big-name stars, respected character actors and random people we totally forgot about. And there is also a fourth category: "Hey, it's that's guy." Which brings right to M.C. Gainey, whose familiar face Variety is reporting is in talks for "Django Unchained" in the role of Big John Brittle.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 30, 2011 11:55 AM
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And 'Kill Bill' Vet Laura Cayouette Comes On Board As WellWe 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.

Dennis Christopher To Play Calvin Candie's Lawyer Leo Moguy In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 7:46 AM
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This bit of news seems to have been brewing for a bit -- we were recently tipped by a reader that he was in the running for a role -- but now it's all official as Variety reports that Dennis Christopher has joined Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."

Michael K. Williams Says 'Django Unchained' Role Looks Good To Go

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 2:30 AM
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Says He'll Co-Star In 'Sparkle' Remake With Whitney Houston & Cee-Lo Green; R. Kelly Doing The SoundtrackIt was just under a week ago that Michael K. Williams first revealed that while he lost out on the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming "Django Unchained," that the director might be writing a new part for him. Well, as the actor continues to do the rounds to promote the second season of "Boardwalk Empire" (the first episode aired last night), he's becoming much more chatty and confident about his prospects for 'Django.'

Michael K. Williams Says He Lost The 'Django Unchained' Lead, But There May Be Another Part For Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 3:41 AM
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Actor Suggests Tarantino May Write A New Role For Him In The Slavery/Western EpicYou probably know him best as Omar Little from "The Wire" or perhaps as Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire," and if you've seen his imposing presence on either of those shows, you'll know why many people (including us) pegged him as the perfect lead for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming picture, "Django Unchained." The spaghetti western/slavery revenge pic has been gearing up over the last few months for a planned January shoot in New Orleans. After much speculation that saw Will Smith openly courted for the movie (with the actor's longtime studio home of Sony even going so far as to snap up the foreign territory rights on the project in an effort to entice the thesp), Jamie Foxx eventually landed the part. As we noted in our wishlist casting for the movie, Django begins the film "a confused and muttering slave, clueless and suspicious why [Schultz played by Christoph Waltz] has saved and befriended him" to later become a "cut-throat and eagle-eyed assassin." While Foxx has the "movie-ness" factor we figured would come into play in any casting decisions, Quentin Tarantino was definitely on the same wavelength as everyone else who had Williams on the brain.

Kevin Costner Drops Out Of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 1:01 AM
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After several films in a row where he's cast either relative unknowns ("Death Proof"), or scattered A-listers among an eclectic cast ("Inglourious Basterds"), Quentin Tarantino has been heading towards his starriest-ever cast for slavery Western "Django Unchained." Biggest-movie-star-in-the-world Will Smith might have turned him down in favor of a M. Night Shyamalan film (a decision that will likely come back to bite him in the ass), but 'Django' isn't suffering too badly: Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx took the title role, and has the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L Jackson all in support.

'Simon & Simon' and 'Deadwood' Actor Gerald McRaney Signs For Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 10:36 AM
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Once you've done one Western, it's much easier to keep getting asked back for more of them; you need to prove that you can be convincing on a horse with a hat, as John Wayne, and Kevin Costner, and so many others, have done over the years. And nothing has been a better Western training ground in recent years than the much-missed HBO show "Deadwood." Would Keith Carradine have been asked in for "Cowboys & Aliens" without the show? Eh, maybe. Would Timothy Olyphant have landed contemporary cowboy tale "Justified" without his starring role? Probably not.

Kevin Costner In Talks To Be Leonardo DiCaprio's Henchman In Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2011 7:23 AM
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Quentin Tarantino may not have landed the biggest movie star on the planet, Will Smith, for his controversy-bomb slavery Western "Django Unchained," but that doesn't mean he's starving for A-listers: Jamie Foxx has taken over the title part, originally intended for Smith, while Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is going to be Dr. King Schultz, Django's pal and mentor, Leonardo DiCaprio will take on the principle villain (and appears to be locked in now), slave-trader Calvin Candie, and Samuel L. Jackson will be Candie's principal house slave, Stephen. And now, another big name has signed on, making the film perhaps Tarantino's most traditionally starry to date.

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