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Sacha Baron Cohen Taking a Role in Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

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November 11, 2011
Source: Variety

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This is crazy! As an early 2012 production start date looms closer, it's amazing that the cast of Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming western Django Unchained keeps getting better pretty much every other week. Jamie Foxx is already on board to play the title character of a slave-turned-bounty hunter on a mission to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from her sadistic slavemaster and plantation owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Other supporting roles have Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt involved, but now Variety reports Borat himself, Sacha Baron Cohen, has also joined the cast.

Cohen is taking one of the last bigger parts that needed to be cast in the film and he'll be playing Scotty, a gambler who buys Django's wife as a female companion. The part is important, but doesn't have a lot of screen time. But that didn't stop Tarantino from being very particular about who he wanted cast. 

In addition, an earlier report from Variety this week had word that James Remar ("Dexter") and James Russo (Miss Bala) would play slave trading brothers named Ace and Dicky Speck who purchase our titular hero at the Greenville Slave Auction. Meanwhile, Todd Allen (who previously starred with Remar in 48 Hrs.) has been cast as plantation overseer Dollar Bill and classic "Dukes of Hazzard" star Tom Wolpat will play Marshall Gill Tatum. Finally, Deadline also added "CSI: Miami" star Rex Linn into the cast as Tennessee Harry. This is quite an ensemble that will likely clean up at the Screen Actors Guild awards, especially for best ensemble cast (basically the Best Picture equivalent) when the time comes. Cool?

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments

1

From the cast alone, this looks like it will make a billion dollars!

Lydia Roberts on Nov 11, 2011

2

it's a great part, and I totally see Sacha in the role of the timid and shy, rich kid. 

Vitaliy Shtabnoy on Nov 11, 2011

3

such great casting, one of the reasons i love Tarantino.

happy camper on Nov 11, 2011

4

wow what a cast! Tom Wolpat? holy crap, Im always interested in seeing the performances Tarantino pulls out of people..(among all his other great traits like overt homage to classics..always a treat). Damn...one year and a month or so to go...

Lando on Nov 12, 2011

5

Why do people keep casting him? He's a terrible actor. He's not funny. He's just annyoing. This sucks.

Davide Coppola on Nov 13, 2011

6

Obviously Tarantino sees something in him. Just sayin.

Anonymous on Nov 13, 2011

7

Dude this movie is gonna be so sick! Western version of Kill Bill? Sure! 😀

Anonymous on Nov 13, 2011

8

Jonah Hill would be perfect for this role. In fact, he got an offer but must drop it due to conflicting schedule.

Kormaciek on Nov 14, 2011

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