Russell Replacing Costner in Tarantino’s Django Unchained


Quentin Tarantino is reuniting with two actors he’s worked with before. Kurt Russell, who starred in Tarantino’s Death Proof, is in talks to replace Kevin Costner in the filmmaker’s Django Unchained while Kill Bill Vol. 2 co-star Laura Cayouette is on board as well, says Heat Vision.

They will be joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney and Dennis Christopher in the film that’s scheduled to start shooting in November for a December 25, 2012 release.

In the film, Django (Foxx) is a freed slave, who under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Waltz) becomes a badass bounty hunter himself. After assisting Waltz on taking down some bad guys for profit, he is in turn assisted by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner (DiCaprio).

Russell will be playing a character called Ace, a man who oversees the plantation in a ruthless manner and who relishes punishing slaves. Costner had to drop the role two weeks ago due to schedule conflicts.

Cayouette will play DiCaprio’s widowed sister, a southern belle who co-owns the plantation.

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