Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen drop out of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen

Shockingly, actors are dropping out of Quentin Tarantino’s next project DJANGO UNCHAINED like flies. Today we learn that both Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen have left the film which is now in production. Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen join a short list of actors who have already jumped ship including: Kevin Costner, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Jonah Hill (who was barely attached to star). I don’t really care about Sacha Baron Cohen, but I am stunned to hear that Kurt Russell has backed out of the film. Kurt Russell’s schedule has been fairly clear since his last film with Quentin Tarantino, DEATH PROOF, and I was looking forward to watching him on screen again.

There’s no concrete reason as to why Kurt Russell left, but rumors are afloat that the film wasn’t “western” enough for him (though that hardly seems like a reason to leave), and Sacha Baron Cohen has bailed due to press release scheduling issues with his upcoming film THE DICTATOR. We don’t know who will be filling the shoes of Ace Woody (who was going to be played by Kurt Russell), Calvin Candie’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) right hand man, but since shooting is underway I suspect we’ll find out soon enough.

As a quick reminder, here’s the basic plot for DJANGO UNCHAINED. The film follows the story of Django (Jaime Foxx), a freed slave who is trained by former dentist Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) to be a deputy bounty hunter. After his training Django goes to the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a ruthless slave owner who is in possession of Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). DJANGO UNCHAINED will be directed by Quentin Tarantino and has a cast that includes: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, RZA, Anthony LaPaglia and Kerry Washington. DJANGO UNCHAINED is set to hit theaters on December 25, 2012. (Cinemapulse/ The Playlist)

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