Kevin Costner Drops Out of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'
With Samuel L. Jackson and Gerald McRaney joining the cast of Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western Django Unchained, the assembly of talent for the late 2012 release seemed too good to be true. Apparently the universe agreed as a Twitter update from Variety reporter Justin Kroll announced today that, "Kevin Costner has had to pass on Django Unchained due to scheduling conflicts." The actor was to have played Ace Woody, the right-hand man of ruthless plantation/slave-owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Sad news for those who were anxious to see Dances with Wolves saddled up again.
Fortunately this isn't the only big role as part of a high profile comeback for Costner who will also be playing Clark Kent's father in Zack Snyder's superhero franchise reboot Man of Steel. While it might be that very film causing the scheduling conflicts, more likely the cause is Costner's work on a History Channel adaptation of The Hatfields & The McCoys, the story of the legendary feuding families which will have Costner again working with Kevin Reynolds, director of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Now the question is who will step up to take this villainous role. Stay tuned.