Saturday, August 6, 2011

Casting News: Tarantino's Django Unchained

I realize I'm a little late with this news, but a few weeks ago it was announced that Kevin Costner would be joining the cast of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained. I think he's the final missing piece of the puzzle and it will be set to start filming soon.

Tentatively scheduled for a Christmas 2012 release (although I really hope we don't actually have to wait that long!), Tarantino's latest is a throwback to the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s. There are only a few details released about the plot so far -- and, if the rumours of the premise are true, it sounds fantastic!

Costner will play Ace Woody, a man who trains slaves to fight to the death solely for the entertainment of a sadistic plantation owner named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Django (Jamie Foxx), one of the slaves, manages to escape and teams up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to exact revenge and rescue his long-lost love (Kerry Washington). The film also co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Keith Carradine.

I'm beyond excited -- I'm such a huge fan of Tarantino and he so rarely disappoints. In fact, the only Tarantino film I was a little bit disappointed with was Death Proof (2007) and even that wasn't all that bad! If I were an actress or screenwriter working in Hollywood, I'd give up the opportunity to work with pretty much anyone else in order to work on a Tarantino film.

Anyway, I love the premise and I'm really loving the cast. I like that a couple Tarantino regulars are returning (although I'd really love to see him work with Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth again in the future!). I especially love that he wrote another part for Waltz who needs another great role immediately in order to save his reputation (his agent should be fired ...he hasn't made a good film since his Oscar win). DiCaprio and Costner are really interesting choices: I think both have the potential to fit really, really well in a Tarantino flick and they'd probably ace his dialogue. It would be something different for DiCaprio and Costner, who both tend to play a variation of the same role in a lot of their films.

All in all, should be another great film for Tarantino!

What do you think of the cast announcements for Django Unchained?


  1. Hello laura nice post! please accept the invite I sent you for the blog group. Hope to see you post soon.

  2. Yep I'm with you on Tarantino! He's the best in the world in my opinion, and one of the few directors that have crossed over from just being great to the realm of genius!
    Looking forward to this with aniticpation. And you're right Deathproof was far from bad!
    The cast is a good one. will be interesting to see how Tatantino wrings sadism out of DeCaprio as he generally plays the good guy roles. I like Costner and hope that he gets himself back on track, maybe this will be what does it for him.

  3. @Tom: Hey! I will once I get a second. Been busy the past few days.

  4. @Brent: I love that DiCaprio is playing the villain. He needs a challenge. As for Costner, I agree. He's been ragged on by the press far too often. Sure, he's not the greatest actor in the world but he's charming and likeable and I think he could have a lot of fun with Tarantino's dialogue.

    I can't wait!

  5. What's your favorite Tarantino film??
    For me I've always liked Kill Bill Vol. 1. When it was released it had some really cutting edge techniques and I had to see it twice on the big screen as it just had me in awe. And the soundtrack!! He is just such a genius for putting the perfect track to each scene.
    He's an egotistical arsehole, but he's such a genius I can over look it!
    Do you like Robert Rodriquez as well? I like his films alot as he's in the mold of Tarantino, no surprise since they have collaborated on numerous projects really. Sin City is an absolute all time fav. Just visually staggering. I loved the mix of black and white with coloured character. And for me he and Tarantino are the only film makers around who are making interesting films. They always bring out a new film that has new techniques that are ahead of the pack.

  6. It's hard to pick just one. I'm always going back and forth between Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and now Inglorious Basterds. Also LOVE Reservoir Dogs.

    Sin City is one of only two movies I walked out on (the other was the sequel to The Matrix). I loved when Rodriguez did Planet Terror but that's pretty much it. Sin City was visually stunning but I did not enjoy it in the least. I only got about halfway through, if that.

  7. Sin City's violence a bit much huh?! It certainly was ultra violent and I can appreciate that. For me it didn't really bother me as I don't take Tarantino/ Rodriquez's bloodshed too seriously.
    But I do draw the line at Hostel and Saw as the whole thing has a nastier darker tone that hits the wrong cord for me whereas Taratino is just so tongue in cheek about it all. I mean how can anyone take the body count in Kill Bill seriously? That is the whole point and the quiet send up Taratino is so good at.

  8. Nope, not the violence. The misogyny was a bit too much. Way too much.

  9. Ahhh....I did over look that somewhat. Can certainly appreciate that! Fuuny I've just read Ian Fleming's Bond novel The Spy Who loved Me and I don't think you would appreciate it all!! It is soooooo misogynist and I can't believe he was ever allowed to get it printed!!
    It was appalling and he states that '
    all woman like semi-rape, They like to be taken'.!!!!!!! Yeah I don't need to say any more do I?!! I wrote a review if want a more detailed look at it. I like the Bond novels but Fleming was a real jerk being sexist, misogynit, racist, xenophobic,homophobic etc, etc, etc. I wrote somewhere the novels are a litany of hate! The movies fortunately don't follow the tone and much the better for it.

  10. Sadly, I can totally believe the Bond book was allowed to get printed either don't notice or overlook those things in literature and film. Ian Fleming sounds like a turd.