In a mildly disappointing update on Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, a tweet from Variety’s Justin Kroll informs us that Kevin Costner will not be in the film, as his schedule is apparently too busy. It hasn’t been stated what’s taking up his time, but it must have been some commitment to make him turn down a nice role in the project.
Costner was originally reported as having the role of Ace Woody back in July. This would have the Field of Dreams actor doing something much more ugly than he’s typically known for, as the character trains male slaves to fight to the death, while also training female ones in the ways of prostitution. Although there’s a fair chance that he was uncomfortable about doing these things onscreen, I’d be willing to believe that it was simply timing that led to his departure. Still a shame, but Tarantino often runs into casting problems in the early days of his films; you didn’t see Warren Beatty in the titular Kill Bill role, nor did Adam Sandler or Simon Pegg appear in Inglourious Basterds. Both of those ended up just fine.
The cast is currently led by Jamie Foxx, with other parts being filled by Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gerald McRaney. Django Unchained will open on December 25th, 2012.
Another project has lost one of its stars, with Variety themselves reporting that Isla Fisher is currently in talks for a part in Now You See Me — one that was originally meant for Amanda Seyfried. The character that one actress is replacing the other on is that of “Henley, a master technician who builds contraptions to aid in the illusion of the heists.” Louis Letterier is directing, with the script coming from Edward Ricourt and Boaz Yakin.
Those heists are being organized by Jesse Eisenberg (or, a character he plays), who robs banks with his squad, using their skills as magicians; they’re called The Four Horesmen. Mark Ruffalo has the part of an FBI agent leading a pack that’s hunting them, while Morgan Freeman and Melanie Laurent are also signed on — the former is an ex-magician, the latter a government agent.
I don’t have particularly strong feelings about either Fisher or Seyfried, although I ultimately like them both. She would be a fine replacement, and her presence would be good for a movie that I already think sounds fairly entertaining.
Does either casting adjustment leave you disappointed? Who would you like to see take Costner’s Django role?
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