Don Johnson joins growing 'Django Unchained' rogues gallery


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Quentin Tarantino has cast yet another pop-culture icon of the ’70s and ’80s in what could be a career-reviving role: Miami Vice and Nash Bridges star Don Johnson has joined Tarantino’s slavery-era spaghetti Western Django Unchained as a villainous planation owner named Spencer Bennett, EW has confirmed. (Variety first reported the story.)

Along with rogues played by Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and main baddie Leonardo DiCaprio, Bennett will face off against the eponymous slave-turned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) and his German partner (Christoph Waltz) on Django’s quest to free his captive wife, a role not yet cast.

The film will begin shooting in January.

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Read more:
Kurt Russell in talks to replace Kevin Costner in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’
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  • Jose

    I’m hoping that the character of the captive wife is a kick-ass character insyead of a damsel in distress like what I imagine whenever I read the plot description. The cast sound great so far, when will they cast the wife?

    • Sean

      Do any of Tarantino’s movies have “damsels in distress”?
      The Bride, Jackie Brown, the leads in Death Proof, etc tend to more of the butt-kicking variety…

      • Sean

        Eh: “…tend to *be* of the butt-kicking variety…”

      • Jose

        Good point, guess I should stop worrying.

    • Z

      I’m going to guess either Kerry Washington or Vivica A. Fox for the wife, maybe Regina King. If not he may go for an American unknown like he did with Melanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds.

  • Roy_Munson

    What about Tubbs? Can’t anyone throw him a bone?

  • Dee Jones

    Jada Pinkett Smith should play the wife, she needs the work since her show was cancelled.

    • Jeff C.

      The character in the script was a lot younger…more like late 20s early 30s. I’m thinking Kerry Washington or somebody younger even.

      • A-K87

        Meagan Good? (To be honest I’m unsure of her talents but she is hot)

  • Dee Jones

    Also maybe that talented but so underused Anika Noni Rose.

  • Chichi

    Julia Roberts for the wife, please.

    • dee123

      No thanks. she’s too busy playing herself… I mean the evil queen.

    • Nathan

      No freakin way, she’d ruin the hell outta the thing as she always does.

  • Chris Price

    Is he replacing Kevin Costner? Cause I do recall him leaving this movie and them needing a replacement. But this doesn’t sound like the same character description. I’m confused.

    • John N.

      Kurt Russell is taking over the role Kevin Costner was supposed to play.

  • Dustin Ingle

    Don Johnson The Man is back …again, oh wait he was never away!
    Don’s cool and always will be.

  • Kiwi3

    Gotta say me too. I was so happy to see I’m not alone in my continued love of Don Johnson! Yes, I’m well aware of how old he is and that some of his movies, tv series, etc can sometimes be campy (but I say “campy goodness”). Though for some reason I have always found him roguishly handsome and utterly charming both on screen and off.

  • Jason

    The role of the wife should be played by Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe.

  • mjsmoke

    Paula Patton should get the role of the wife. She is a great actress who doesn’t seem to get her due. I just hope they don’t cast a “name” like Jada or any of the other five A-American actresses that get roles but can barely show any emotion.

  • Templar

    This is at the top of my “Must Miss” list. Of the listed cast, Kurt Russell is the only one I’d spend $ to see.

  • SHAR

    Excited to Don Johnson. He still looks great, and I love that voice. Can’t wait.

  • Donella

    “Django’s quest to free his captive wife, a role not yet cast”

    This role of Broomhilda was written as a piece of crap. Every Black actress in Hollywood knows it.

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