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Kurt Russell replacing Costner in Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”

By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: Director Quentin Tarantino (“Inglourious Basterds”) may have found a replacement for Kevin Costner in his latest film, “Django Unchained.”

Costner was set to play Ace Woody, a henchman for the film’s villain, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Costner’s replacement is another grizzled veteran — known to “Grindhouse” fans as Stuntman Mike.

According to The Wrap, The Weinstein Co., which is distributing the film domestically, has confirmed that Russell (who worked with Tarantino on 2007‘s “Death Proof”) is in talks to play Woody. A couple weeks ago, a tweet from Variety staffer Justin Kroll announced Costner dropped out because of an apparent scheduling conflict.

“Django Unchained” stars Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and features Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave-turned-bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his wife from the brutal Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), a Mississippi plantation owner who forces slaves to battle to the death.

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One Comment

  • October 2, 2011 | Permalink |

    Kurt Russel is the Swiss army knife of actors.

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