Sacha Baron Cohen Secures ‘Django Unchained’ Role

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 am,

Quite the eclectic acting crew has been signed on for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, which marks the filmmaker’s most recent love letter to one of his favorite breeds of cinema: the spaghetti western. 

The newest addition to the Django cast appears to be the Oscar-nominated (and controversial) comedic actor behind such characters as Borat and Ali G: Sacha Baron Cohen.

Tarantino will be the latest well-respected auteur to work alongside Cohen, who previously collaborated with Tim Burton on the 2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street musical adaptation – and Martin Scorsese, on this month’s 3D popular literature adaptation, Hugo.

Variety says that Cohen is in final negotiations to co-star in Django Unchained as Scotty, a gambler who purchases the eponymous ex-slave’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), and takes her on as “a female companion.” Tarantino was reportedly “very particular” about what actor would be brought on to play the small-but-pivotal part – and, eventually, decided that Cohen was the man for the job (make of that what you will).

Django Unchained takes place in the slavery-era U.S. South; it will star the likes of Oscar-winners Jamie Foxx and Inglourious Basterds‘ Christoph Waltz as (respectively) Django and the German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz.

[WARNING: MILD PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD]

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That odd couple joins forces and sets out to rescue Broomhilda, who eventually finds herself a resident of Candyland: a twisted country club/brothel where male slaves are pitted against one another in death matches-as-entertainment, run by the cruel Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) – and female slaves are forced to become prostitutes for paying Caucasian customers.

Candyland is headed by one Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is aided by his cunning house slave, Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson). The latter eventually faces off against Django, when the ex-slave-turned-bounty-hunter comes looking to rescue his beloved wife… by any (violent) means necessary.

Writer/director/actor Quentin Tarantino

Django Unchained is said to be a pulpy revenge tale that both plays fast and loose with historical facts and does for U.S. slave owners what Basterds did for Nazis. Needless to say, non-Tarantino fans need not apply here.

However, those who do go and check out Django Unchained will be treated to a movie that features Tarantino‘s recognizable artistic fingerprint – including, heavy amounts of sharp dialogue, bits of brutal violence, and stylistic old-school film homages galore. For the man’s fans and dedicated cinephiles alike, this is a must-see.

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Principal photography on Django Unchained is scheduled to get underway by January 2012. The film is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. near that year’s end, on December 25th.

Source: Variety

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  1. Groovy.

    • Wow-wow-wooo-waaah!

      Very nice!

  2. Awesome…

  3. Wow, so they basically combined every reason I would have to not watch a movie and put it all into one movie… LMAO!! At least I know what movie NOT to watch…

  4. @KenJ – haters gonna hate. so why bother to click, you know? to each his own.

    i personally can’t wait for tarantino’s next film.

    • @schuyler

      Lol, hater, such an intelligent word. :-P

      Anyway, I only commented because I find it amusing that it’s not just one thing, but several things stacked together that I really stay away from. It was like they had me in mind when making this to make sure I don’t want to see this movie, lol. (Obviously I know this isn’t true, justs aying it’s kind of funny to me.) :-)

  5. How about a spoiler alert before you give away the entire plot!

    • My apologies – I didn’t feel I had revealed anything that the official plot synopsis wouldn’t give away. Hence the lack of a spoilers warning.

      I’ve gone ahead and added one, all the same.

  6. I believe it’s “cinephile”.

    • I’ve heard both cinephile and cinemaphile used interchangeably before, but you’re right, cinephile is the far more commonly-used term.

      I’ve gone ahead and corrected that bit accordingly.

  7. I HEARD CHRISTOPH WALTZ WAS GONNA BE IN THIS TOO.
    CHRISTOPH WALTZ AND SACHA BARON COHEN?
    HAVE MERCY OH OH OH I HAVE FALLEN AND I CAN’T GET UP.
    JEEBUS.

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