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Tarantino's Django Unchained Cast Shaping Up for Fall Shoot; Washington Joins Foxx, DiCaprio, Waltz

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 13, 2011 at 5:48AM

The latest actor to board Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (December 25, 2012) is Don Johnson (TV's Miami Vice, Nash Bridges; Bucky Larson, Machete, Tin Cup). The actor is in negotiations to play plantation owner Spencer Bennett. He would be joining Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. UPDATE: Kerry Washington is now confirmed to be playing Django's wife, Broomhilda. The synopsis is below.
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The latest actor to board Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (December 25, 2012) is Don Johnson (TV's Miami Vice, Nash Bridges; Bucky Larson, Machete, Tin Cup). The actor is in negotiations to play plantation owner Spencer Bennett. He would be joining Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. UPDATE: Kerry Washington is now confirmed to be playing Django's wife, Broomhilda. The synopsis is below.

Tarantino will shoot Django this November in New Orleans; the Weinsteins are lined up to distribute the film in the US, and Sony handling foreign distribution. We. Can't. Wait.

The story follows Django (Foxx), a slave freed and trained as a bounty hunter by sophisticated German (Waltz), who is appalled by the racist ways of the antebellum South, and helps to prepare Django to face plantation owner Candie (DiCaprio) so that he can rescue his wife, Broomhilda (Washington). Jackson will play Candie’s right hand man/head house slave. Here's more on how the cast came together.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Studios, IN THE WORKS, Quentin Tarantino, Period, Leonardo DiCaprio, Weinsteins, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.