Kevin Costner drops out of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'


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Kevin Costner has dropped out of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti Western-cum-period-slavery-picture Django Unchained, EW has confirmed. His role as Jonathan Kent (Clark Kent’s human father) in Man of Steel, and his upcoming History miniseries The Hatfields and McCoys, meant Costner’s schedule became too crowded. (Deadline first reported the story.)

Costner had been cast as Ace Woody, a ruthless trainer of male slaves pitted against each other gladiator-style in a ranch owned by the main villain, Calvin Candie, to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Jamie Foxx will play the title character, a former slave whose wife is Calvin’s captive. Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson round out the cast.

No word yet on who will replace Costner.

UPDATE: Kurt Russell is in talks to take on the role.

Read more:
Quentin Tarantino signs Samuel L. Jackson for ‘Django Unchained’
Jamie Foxx in talks for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’
‘Django Unchained’ gets Christmas 2012 release date

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  • LOL

    america loves crap.

    • Tye-Grr

      Which why they’ll probably hate this.

      • Tye-Grr


    • lisa g.

      What did Kevin get tired of Quentins coked out behavior!?!

  • Tina

    WTF? Between this and The Help I’m speechless. Well at least I have Lucas’ Tuskegee Airmen movie to look forward to… What the hell is Jamie # thinking? Maybe he can play Uncle Remus next.

    • Mike

      Who cares. A good movie is a good movie. Jamie Foxx is a respected actor as is Viola Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.

      Are we not allowed to have movies about slavery or race anymore?

  • deedeedragons

    What an Idiot. Could of had a career resurface like QT gave John Travolta.

    • Summer

      Agree ddd. He did the same with Pam Grier shame she decided to make crap like Ghosts Of Mars after Jackie Brown.

    • Ben Pieper

      Agreed! I just would have loved to see Costner in something…well good. Unlike recently

      • Mike

        That’s what I thought as well. I’m sure Man of Steel will have people going, “oh yeah, remember him?”

        But it wont be the thing people remember about the movie. Where as with QT, he could really show some of his acting chops that he showed in the early 90s. I think he would fit right in a QT movie. Oh well, somebody else’s opportunity now.

      • hob

        My guess is that he and Tarantino didn’t get along once they met. Same thing happened to Warren Beatty on Kill Bill.

  • Just A Guy

    My money’s on either Kurt Russell or Bruce Willis to step in for a return trip to TarantinoWorld.

  • LOL

    fast five will be better than this. tarantino is no justin lin.

    • DDD

      rofl, young people.

  • Terra Olda

    Hey Kevin, remember when you had a career 20 years ago? Nope? Well most people don’t either!

  • Alex O.

    This could potentially be QT’s first stinker. The premise sounds horrible, but I am sad to see Kevin out of the picture. I was looking forward to seeing him act with Leo. Oh, well. Hopefully “Superman” is good.

  • Rashy

    Drive puts Fast 5 to shame. But than again you can’t compare a instant neo noir classic to a popcorn orgy. LoL

    • LOL

      Drive is crap.
      As a critic for EW put it, Fast Five is a “pitch perfect” film. There is no comparison between an actor’s actor like Vin Diesel and a ham and egger like Ryan Reynolds, or whatever his name is.

      • Marc

        Yes because EW is the measuring stick for every other critic……idiot

  • Thad

    Travolta are you listening??!!! Against type and could be great. Or Bruce Willis

  • Clint Westwood

    I wish Kevin Costner would do more movies. We see too little of him now.

  • Canadian

    This is the best news I’ve had all day. A horrible actor departs a great director’s movie: perfect!

  • Stansfield

    This news is about 2 weeks old.

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