No Django Unchained for Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen

Kurt Russell in Death Proof (2007) Movie ImageLooks like Quentin Tarantino is cutting it pretty close with his latest, the Western “Django Unchained”. The film has a December 25, 2012 release date, but it’s just now started shooting. To complicate matters a tad, it’s now going to require re-casting, as the movie has since lost two more actors from its glorious cast.

After Kevin Costner bailed as one of the bad guys, Tarantino reached into his “buddies” list and got Kurt Russell to replaced him as Ace Woody, one of a handful of bad guys who trade in the miseries of slaves in the film’s 1800s setting. (Russell previously starred in Tarantino’s “Death Proof” in 2007.) Now Russell is also gone, as well as “Borat’s” Sacha Baron Cohen.

The lost of Cohen isn’t too big of a deal, as he was only scheduled for a glorified cameo in any case. The lost of Costner, and now Russell, is a bigger problem. Of course, it won’t be too hard to re-cast, since Tarantino still has that “you must work with this guy at least once in your life” cache about him.

It’s interesting, though, that the same role has lost two actors. Costner was said to have left because of “scheduling conflicts”, but Russell’s departure is unknown. Some are speculating that the role they were both scheduled to play might be too “harsh”, though that might just be reaching. More likely than not, it’s just bad luck for Tarantino that he has to recast the role … again.

“Django Unchained” stars Jamie Foxx as the titular character, a slave who is taught the trades of bounty huntin’ by Christoph Waltz. Our hero uses his newfound skills to seek his wife (Kerry Washington), since absconded to the evil ownership of one Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Look for it at Christmas, because obviously says Happy Holidays like a bloody Western from Quentin Tarantino.

Django Unchained (2012) Movie Teaser Poster

Via : Total Film