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Don Johnson joins Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Quentin Tarantino’s casting couch for “Djangon Unchained” has been a revolving door of rugged talent. The latest name spinning through the cycle? Would you believe Don Johnson?

The “Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges” star, who recently appeared in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete,” will take part in Tarantino’s latest genre exercise, according to EW.com. Johnson will play savage plantation owner Spencer Bennett, who reportedly runs a slave-brawling ring in the 19th century, segregated South. The brothel, nicknamed Candyland, is run by Calvin Candie, a vicious rogue who will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Several Tarantino veterans have been cast in the spaghetti Western “Django.” Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Christoph Waltz are part of the ensemble, while Jamie Foxx is taking on the lead role of a former slave turned bounty hunter who is heading to Candyland to free his captured spouse.

Filming on “Django Unchained” is expected to begin in January, with the drama eyeing a December 2012 release.

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