Hmm, this is interesting…
So to add to the casting troubles of Django Unchained, it looks like Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell are the new actors to drop out of Quentin Tarantino‘s slavery spaghetti western.
The movie has gone through several actors set to appear including Kevin Coster and Joseph Gorden-Levitt.
Sacha Baron Cohen was slated to play Broomhilda’s reluctant owner Scotty; Kurt Russell was Costner’s replacement of Ace Woody, the right hand man of Calvin Candle (Leonardo DiCaprio), the brutal plantation owner.
Cohen told Howard Stern in an interview because he couldn’t commit to Django due to his filming schedule for The Dictator; as far as Kurt Russell’s role, web rumors abound that his reason for quitting was that Django wasn’t turning out to be “western” enough.
Cohen and Russell’s roles are relatively substantial; it’s not looking good for the film’s production schedule. I wonder what’s really behind this brouhaha.
As you should know by now, the movie is already shooting and in full swing; we last posted some set pictures last month of Jamie Foxx as the titular Django, as well as Christoph Waltz as Dr King Schultz.
Needless to say, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Unchained. I wonder what this is really going to affect the final production and release date. I can’t say I’m disheartened by the news. I’m not particularly fond of this film’s conception.
Anyways, no word as of yet of the roles’ replacements.