Kurt Russell Up To Replace Kevin Costner In ‘Django Unchained’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 3rd, 2013 at 8:57 am,

It looks like Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson aren’t going to be the only familiar faces from the Quentin Tarantino movie universe that show up in the filmmaker’s latest throwback to violent tales of the Old West – or, in the case of Django Unchained, slavery-era Southern U.S.

Kevin Costner had to back out of appearing in Django Unchained about two weeks ago, reportedly due to a scheduling conflict but Tarantino looks to have found his replacement – in the shape of the director’s Death Proof leading man.

Heat Vision is reporting that Kurt Russell has officially begun negotiations to sign on for Django Unchained, which could mark the longtime fan-favorite star’s first onscreen appearance since Tarantino’s Grindhouse flick, back in 2007. It also ought to be mentioned that this would be the second time Russell has filled a previously-occupied role in a Tarantino production – seeing how the actor’s Death Proof character (“Stuntman Mike”) was originally set to be portrayed by Mickey Rourke.

Russell would help fill out the supporting cast of Django Unchained by playing Ace Woody, the remorseless trainer who pits “Mandingo” fighters (ie. male slaves) against one another – as a means of entertainment for caucasian customers of the 19th century club/brothel known as Candyland. The organization is run by vicious plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is assisted by his cunning and loyal house slave, Stephen (Jackson).

Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will star as the titular Django, an ex-slave who is trained in the “art” of bloody revenge by a German bounty hunter (Waltz). The two thereafter join forces in order to rescue Django’s wife, Broomhilda, from Candie – who forces her to work as a prostitute in his club.

Rounding out the cast are the likes of Dennis Christopher as Candie’s lawyer, Leo Moguy – along with actress Laura Cayouette (a.k.a. “Rocket” from Kill Bill: Vol. 2) as Candie’s widowed sister (and plantation co-owner) and Gerald McRaney in an undisclosed role.

Leonardo DiCaprio rumored for Django Unchained Kurt Russell Up To Replace Kevin Costner In Django Unchained

The cast of Django Unchained was already pretty fantastic, so having Russell onboard is just icing on the cake (so to speak). Russell is no stranger to western-flavored films (see: Tombstone) and he should be more than a perfect fit to make Ace Woody a memorable, intimidating, and badass villain – as should actors like DiCaprio and Jackson in their respective antagonistic roles.

On that note: Django Unchained is certainly shaping up to be quite the Tarantino-style pulpy period tale – and will definitely be even more controversial than his previous work, given that the filmmaker looks to take a violent and gritty approach to some uncomfortable topics (ex. the brutal nature of slavery and dark side of American history).

Those who found Tarantino’s previous creations to be excessively exploitative in nature will surely blanche at the idea of the man tackling a story like this. However, for many a cinemaphile and dedicated Taratino fan alike, Django Unchained is already on their must-see list – if not their most-anticipated upcoming project.

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Django Unchained begins principal photography in November 2011, so as to make its scheduled December 25th, 2012 U.S. theatrical release date.

Source: Heat Vision

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  1. Thank you Kevin Costner?

  2. I’m still missing Franco Nero on this.

    • or Terence Hill (who was consider a Franco Nero look alike) and could be the original Django character, as you know, a brief cameo and nothing else.

  3. Yes!

  4. Kurt Russell played a football coach in an indie film ‘Touchback’ that came out earlier this year so that statement about him not being onscreen since 2007 is inaccurate,plus he is in 2 other upcoming films one is in pre-production,& one is in production.although he is & was always one of my favorite actors & hearing this news of him being in another new movie,just made my day. Plus the fact that it is a Quentin Tarantino film,it is going to rock!

    • Touchback has not yet been officially released in theaters (as far as I know…) and Russell’s other films, like you said, have not yet been complete. Also, I specifically said Django Unchained could be his next onscreen appearance, since it’s certainly possible that Touchback will hit theaters first.

      Good try, though. 8-)

  5. BEST. REPLACEMENT. EVER.

  6. Still would’ve liked Idris Elba for the Foxx role.

  7. I agree, Kealan. Jamie Foxx is Ray Charles. Idris Elba is a badass, and looks like a badass. But, I guess Jamie Foxx will sell tickets, and Idris Elba won’t.

    • I think it’s pretty rude of you to challenge the artistic integrity of Quentin Tarantino. He is not the type of filmmaker to choose an actor based on marketability rather than talent. Jamie Foxx is a great actor and I don’t think he’ll have any difficulty portraying this character as well as Tarantino wants him to.

  8. Thing is, as much as I am not a Jamie Foxx fan (STILL have not seen Ray) I dislike Will Smith even more…. HOWEVER- I am excited to see Jamie branch out in this particular direction. He will be a bad ass. He’s got enough crazy in him to do so… Remember Wanda from In Living Color?

    As for Kurt… Ok. Not bad at all. I would’ve loved it if Michael Keaton had gotten it, OR by some reversal of fortune if Micky Rourke had’ve landed the role…. With a Frankenstein scar… Like Stuntman Mikes’…

  9. Ok…. but still if you read this you have to think was someone dropping acid…

    “an ex-slave who is trained in the “art” of bloody revenge by a German bounty hunter (Waltz). The two thereafter join forces in order to rescue Django’s wife, Broomhilda, from Candie – who forces her to work as a prostitute in his club.”

    I know nothing about this and am not knocking it…. I just read that and almost spewed my coffee…..

  10. This movie is going to be another over budgeted slock fest. I like Kurt Russel a lot but even his presence will not get me to see this movie. QT has used up his 15 minutes of fame.

  11. I will not be seeing this movie due to the subject matter. Why exploit something that people are still huring over today? Oh well, to each his own but this movie will not get my money.