Kevin Costner Drops Out of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

September 16, 2011
Source: Twitter

Kevin Costner / 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.

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Reader Feedback - 19 Comments


Dammit. Man I was looking forward to seeing him in that role. I was picturing a an even darker version of his Charley Waite.

grimjob on Sep 16, 2011


Yeah, that's too bad! Man, how can you pass on a Quentin movie?... Wonder who they'll cast as a replacement...

Moutchy on Sep 16, 2011


Would very much like to see Michael Keaton in that role...

Mardike on Sep 16, 2011


I want to see SAM ELLIOT - Please oh please. I have loved him as the good guy, now, let's see him in a Bad Role. what you say Xerxexx?

DanTheMan on Sep 16, 2011


What could possibly be more important than working with Tarantino?

Davide Coppola on Sep 16, 2011


Bryan Cranston please

Truong18 on Sep 16, 2011


I hope Kevin Costner does more movies from now on like he used to. We see too little of him now.

Garrison on Sep 16, 2011


Now if only Jamie Foxxxxx would drop out I'd be happy

Chris Lucas on Sep 16, 2011


I seriously second that. I don't dislike him, but there are so many other actors better suited for the role. I'd personally have chosen Chiwetel Ejiofor or maybe Idris Elba. 

Craig on Sep 16, 2011


come on, kevin.  you don.t say no to quentin

kell on Sep 16, 2011


Who can top a sadistic cowboy like Ben Foster in 3:10 to Yuma? he'd be a good replacement for Costner, or maybe even Kurt Russell, but my ultimage choice would be John Hawkes for the win! He'd play a scary insane cowboy!

jah p on Sep 16, 2011


Ben Foster is amazing. I've been a fan of his since that 90s kids show he was on, and he has grown into one finest and most underrated actors working today. I'd love to see this role go to him.

Craig on Sep 16, 2011


Ian McShane is a great western villain... it would be odd seeing him play sidekick to DiCaprio though.

Craig on Sep 16, 2011


Too bad. I was looking forward to it. But now - give MICHAEL BIEHN a call!

Ryderup on Sep 17, 2011


I can play a villainous supporting role Quentin!!!  Please pick me!!!!

Christoph Waltz on Sep 17, 2011


I smell... Bullshit!!!

David on Sep 18, 2011


cast Daniel Craig, he has really scary eyes...bit mad...

Joshuatree on Sep 19, 2011


Damn! I was looking forward to Kostner in this. I agree with Dantheman. I think Sam Elliott would be a good pick up. He has the look of a bad guy, but always plays the good guy. I say Quentin let's him wet his beak on this. As for Jamie Foxx, he's either gonna be really good, or really bad. Only time will tell.

The Douche on Sep 19, 2011


How about Bill"Fuckin" Paxton!!! He'd be a great for this role!

jah p on Sep 21, 2011

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