Jonah Hill Joins Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’
In somewhat suprising, yet thumbs-up worthy news, Deadline reveal that Jonah Hill is set to become a late addition to the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated flick ‘Django Unchained.’ Earlier on in the films production Hill was eyed for the role of Scotty Harmony, but had to turn it down because of scheduling conflicts. If Deadline’s sources are on the money, he’s now back in as-yet-unspecified role. Scott Harmony is the kid who loses Django’s wife Broomhilda to Calvin Candie, a charming but utterly evil plantation owner, which sets up a showdown with Django.
In ‘Django Unchained,’ Jamie Foxx plays the title role of Django, a slave who is liberated and taught the tricks of the trade by a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz). Django’s real desire is to be reunited with his wife (Kerry Washington), who winds up in a variety of unsavory places and whose travails drive the plot. It leads to a confrontation in Candyland, a ranch owned by the notorious Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). ‘Django Unchained’ also stars Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the role of Stephen, Calvin Candie’s valet who keeps the slaves in line at Candie’s residence. The likes of Gerald McRaney, RZA, Dennis Christopher, Laura Cayouette, Laura Cayouette, Tom Savini, M.C. Gainey, Misty Upham, Franco Nero, Walton Goggins and Don Johnson co-star. The film will pay homage to the Sergio Corbucci original ‘Django,’ Takashi Miike’s ‘Sukiyaki Western Django’ – which features Tarantino, and Elmore Leonard’s novel ’40 Lashes Less One.’ My hopes are ridiculously high for this film. Tarantino + spaghetti western = YES PLEASE! ’Django Unchained’ is set for release December 25th in the US and January 18th, 2013 in the UK. Check out the official synopsis for the film below.
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International.
DJANGO UNCHAINED cast: Jamie Foxx as Django, Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie, Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz, Kerry Washington as Broomhilda, Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen, Laura Cayouette as Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly, Dennis Christopher as Leonide Moguy, Don Johnson as Spence, ‘Big Daddy’ Bennett, M.C. Gainey as Big John Brittle, Tom Savini as Tracker Cheney, Anthony LaPaglia as Jano, James Remar as Ace Speck, Walton Goggins as Billy Crash, Tom Wopat as Marshall Gill Tatum, and Misty Upham as Minnie.
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