Kurt Russell is Replacing Costner in Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'
Now here's some badass casting. Could you ask for a better replacement for Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained than Stuntman Mike himself, the one and only Kurt Russell. THR is reporting that Russell is in talks to take on the role of Ace, right hand man of plantation/slave-owner Calvin Candie, the role that Kevin Costner had been cast in but recently dropped out of. Russell will be joining a cast with Leonardo DiCaprio as Candie, the main villain in the American South spaghetti western, plus Jamie Foxx as Django, Sam Jackson, and Christoph Waltz, too. This puts a nice cap on the cast of Tarantino's next classic.
Tarantino first got Russell to appear in his films when he roped Snake Plissken into starring in Death Proof, his half of the Grindhouse double-feature with Robert Rodriguez. Production on Django Unchained starts in November, in the meantime he's filling up the cast, which includes big names like Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who meets with a German bounty hunter (Waltz) to find his wife. He's going to have to rise up against DiCaprio as plantation owner, Jackson as a "vile head slave who works for DiCaprio", and now Russell, playing Ace Woody, "who oversees the plantation in a ruthless manner and who relishes punishing slaves." The Weinstein Company already has Django Unchained set to open on Christmas Day late in 2012.