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Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained already had no shortage of quality names on its cast list, but ahead of it going in front of cameras shortly, more names have now been added. Here's a quick round-up of what's been happening.
Kerry Washington (Ray and The Last King of Scotland) was cast at the end of October, after months of rumours, in the key role of Broomhilda, Django’s wife. Don Johnson was cast in a small but nasty role about this time last month, as was special effects master Tom Savini.
Add to that the recent casting of Rza, who scored Kill Bill, Misty Upham (Frozen River) and Anthony Lapaglia (Without a Trace), and you could be forgiven for thinking that everything was almost finalised. Yet it appears that a weekend can »
In the final piece of the Django Unchained casting puzzle, Quentin Tarantino has secured Sacha Baron Cohen to play a small but significant role in his new black slavery/Spaghetti Western revenge film.
The versatile Brit is playing Scott Harmony, the as written overweight and shy 24 year old son of a rich daddy who buys him the slave Broomhilda in a bid to cure his confidence issues. Obviously Cohen is anything but overweight and he turned 40 this year so they’ll be a few tweaks from the screenplay and I’m sure the two eccentrics Cohen & Tarantino will have fun together crafting this character. His screen time will be minimal but as written it’s my favourite scene in the whole film (it revolves around a card game with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie) and Tarantino knows the part is a good one and has been searching for a memorable face to play it. »
- Matt Holmes
We all know Quentin Tarantino likes to change our perception of actors and pluck them out of their comfort zone to see what they can do in a different genre environment (usually he sees something in an actor’s previous work and wants to heighten it) and this week it was revealed that he tried to take Jonah Hill out of comedy/drama’s and portray him in a new light.
Speaking to MTV, Hill said; ”I got offered the new Quentin Tarantino movie, and I can’t do it because of my schedule… Doing Quentin’s movie would have obviously been amazing, but my schedule didn’t work out, which sucks.”
The role he was likely offered is that of Scott Harmony, a 24 year old overweight guy whose rich daddy purchases the slave Broomhilda for him. Sure, he’s dropped the pounds recently but there’s no reason he »
- Matt Holmes
The Wu Enters Tarantino’s Django Unchained
RZA, who worked as the composer for Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1, is stepping in front of the camera this time as a violent slave that works on a Mississippi plantation. While some of the details on the role are unknown, Variety is reporting that his character, Thaddeus, will either share some screen time with slave-turned-bounty-hunter Django (Jamie Foxx) or his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) at some point during the film.
Other new members of Tarantino’s all-star cast include Anthony Lapaglia (Frasier, Without a Trace) as the head of a gang of greedy Australians and Misty Upham (Frozen River) as Minnie, a trading post-bar owner. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who’s been busy with The Dark Knight Rises, »
- Marty Shaw
Tweet Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has an every growing cast and two more names have just been added to the stellar list. Variety has learnt that RZA and Misty Upham have joined the cast. RZA has signed on to play Thaddeus “a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation”, while Misty Upham will play “a trading post/bar owner” [...]
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- Blake Dew
It's kind of a foregone conclusion that "Django Unchained" is going to be our favorite movie of 2012. Not only are we unapologetic, dyed-in-the-wool, completely-committed, never-been-done-wrong Quentin Tarantino fans, but the film, about a former slave out for revenge in the deep south, has an absolutely killer cast. And that cast just got even killer-er, with the addition of three new actors, including Tarantino collaborator and Wu-Tang mastermind RZA.
The cast for "Django Unchained" is already massive and super-impressive, including Jamie Foxx as the lead, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more. But Variety has now reported that both RZA and Misty Upham have joined the production. RZA has worked with Tarantino before, composing the score for both "Kill Bill" movies, and is currently filming his own Tarantino-produced kung fu flick "The Man with the Iron Fists," which incidentally, sounds like it will be our »
- Aubrey Sitterson
Yet another fellow who previously worked with Quentin Tarantino has joined the filmmaker’s latest project, Django Unchained – namely, musician-turned-actor RZA, who served as the composer for Kill Bill: Vol. 1.
The Wu-Tang Clan founder will play a supporting role in Tarantino’s Old U.S. South-set revenge flick, alongside other recent additions to the cast like Anthony Lapaglia (Frasier, Without a Trace) and Misty Upham (Frozen River).
RZA will next grace the big screen by making a brief appearance in this week’s A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. However, he’ll also be showing up in several prominent titles slated for release in 2012, including Django Unchained, the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and his own directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists.
- Sandy Schaefer
I saw A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas last night, in which RZA plays a part in one of the film's best moments as a Christmas tree salesman alongside Da'Vone McDonald (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and while he works on his directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists, which he co-wrote with Eli Roth and is currently shooting G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation as Blind Master, he's now prepping to star in Quentin Tarantino's new movie, Django Unchained. Variety wrote last night that the Wu-Tang Clan star would play Thaddeus, a slave working on a Southern plantation, in Tarantino's next film which centers on Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave who seeks to reunite with Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), his slave wife, a journey which will see him team up with Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German bounty hunter, to take down Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), an evil plantation owner. »
- Brad Brevet
Joel Edgerton proved his acting chops in last year's critically–acclaimed, Aussie import Animal Kingdom, but Stateside, the actor has been cast more in action movie roles such as The Thing, Warrior and the upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Ok, scratch that last one.
Edgerton's latest action role could be in the 300 sequel, 300: Battle of Artemisia (formerly Xerxes). Vulture reports that Edgerton is in talks to play Themosticles, the famed Athenian archon and general who led the Greeks to victory against the invading Persians in the Battle of Artemisium, which again saw a smaller Greek fleet go up against a stronger Persian navy. The fight took place during "the exact same three days" as as The Battle of Thermopylae, which was the inspiration for the first 300.
- Ryan Gowland
The actors join a cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Lapaglia, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell and Laura Cayouette.
- Garth Franklin
One of the best collaborations Quentin Tarantino has been a part of in the past decade is, surprisingly, with Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. The musician did a fantastic job composing and compiling music for Kill Bill, and the filmmaker produced his upcoming directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists. How that latter effort turns out is still up for review, but the first time around went pretty smoothly.
They’ll be conspiring once more, as ShowBlitz reports that RZA and Frozen River‘s Misty Upham are joining Tarantino‘s Spaghetti Western. He’ll play “Thaddeus, a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation,” and she’ll appear as “a trading post/bar owner named Minnie.”
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The former Wu-Tang Clan frontman will be playing the role of Thaddeus, a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation. And just because you usually can't have just one person join the cast of "Django Unchained" at a given time, "Frozen River" star Misty Upham has also signed on as a trading post/bar owner named Minnie.
RZA scored both volumes of "Kill Bill" and is soon set to make his directorial debut with "The Man with the Iron Fists," which he co-wrote with "Inglorious Basterds" star Eli Roth. Tarantino will be "presenting" the film, which stars Russell Crowe, "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier and "Kill Bill" star Lucy Liu.
RZA has built quite the »
- Bryan Enk
With pretty much all the major parts now cast, it's just bits and pieces left to get into place for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," and he's got two more folks coming on board. The man who helped give "Kill Bill" its distinctive soundtrack, The Abbott and grand chessmaster himself, RZA, will take a part in upcoming spaghetti western/vengeance tale along with "Frozen River" star Misty Upham. Robert Fitzgerald Diggs will bring da motherfuckin' ruckus to the part of Thaddeus, a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation, and unless the script we read has changed drastically, this is a pretty… »
Brilliantly slotted for a Christmas 2012 release, Django Unchained is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated movies. With a cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Samuel L. Jackson just to name a few, how could it not be? Now, the ever-busy RZA has reportedly joined the Quentin Tarantino spaghetti Western picture as Thaddeus, a slave on a Mississippi plantation with a propensity towards violence. In more light-hearted news, Brian Cox (Super Troopers) may return to comedic form, as the Scottish thespian is in final negotiations to join Warner Bros’ Dog Fight for director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). The comedy stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as rival politicians vying to represent a small North Carolina district. Cox will star as Galifianakis’s distant father who is also a former senator. Hit the jump for more on both projects. In addition to RZA’s casting, Variety »
- Dave Trumbore
A few casting additions to Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, which is gearing up to start filming this January. Variety reports that musician-actor-director RZA will play Thaddeus, a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation, in the film, along with Misty Upham (Frozen River, Mascots, "Big Love") playing a bar owner named Minnie. Additionally, Deadline reports that Anthony Lapaglia ("Without a Trace") has also joined the film, playing the leader of a group of greedy Australians who encounter Django, which as we know is Jamie Foxx, a freed slave who meets up with a German bounty hunter to free his wife. The cast of Tarantino's highly anticipated Django Unchained features just about everyone, from Jamie Foxx to Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Tom Savini, Don Johnson, and now RZA and Misty Upham, too. Plus there's Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will be seen »
- Alex Billington
Director Quentin Tarantino has cast his Kill Bill composer RZA to play a violent Mississippi plantation slave worker by the name of Thaddeus in his upcoming film project Django Unchained. It was also announced that Frozen River star Misty Upham will play a trading post-bar owner named Minnie in the story.
The spaghetti southern also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell, Don Johnson and maybe, just maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be in the movie as well. I can definitely see Rza playing a hardcore mean badass in this film.
The story follows the character Django (Fox), a freed slave, who, under the protection and care of a German bounty hunter (Waltz) becomes a badass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an »
Quentin Tarantino continues to fill his upcoming film, Django Unchained, with a sprinkling of his regulars and a great many excellent actors you'd never expect to play in his universe. For example he's just cast the RZA, who scored both Kill Bill films for Tarantino, in a small role as a mean slave named Thaddeus. That makes sense. Making less sense, but equally awesome, are the additions of Misty Upham (who held her own against eventual Oscar-winner Melissa Leo in Frozen River) as a bar owner named Minnie and Without a Trace's Anthony Lapaglia as an evil Australian who buys slaves to fight. Both of those actors haven't worked with Tarantino before so they, along with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gerald McRaney and M.C. Gainey, go to show how boisterous, and meticulous, the director is casting every single role in his anti-slavery "Southern. »
- Germain Lussier
RZA will portray Thaddeus, a violent slave toiling away at a Mississiippi plantation. Misty Upham will play Minnie, who owns a trading post/bar. This will be RZA's first time acting for Quentin Tarantino, although they have worked together in the past. RZA composed the score for both Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2. Quentin Tarantino is also presenting RZA's directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fist.
Django Unchained comes to theaters December 25th, »
Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo.
I interviewed Melissa Leo in January of 2009 for her much-buzzed about (and Oscar-nominated) turn in "Frozen River," in many ways a fitting precursor to her Oscar-winning role as Mark Wahlberg's overbearing mother in David O. Russell's "The Fighter." During our talk, Leo was engaging, dramatic, and mercurial, much like her performance on the Oscars. She remains one hell of an actress, and we at The Interview congratulate her on this well-deserved win.
Born and raised in New York City, Melissa Leo is one of those faces you always see popping up on the big or small screen at least once a year, and you invariably find yourself asking "Wasn't she in fill in the blank with a movie or TV title of your choosing" and you'd probably be right. A fiercely prolific »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
19 items from 2011
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