Django Unchained May Still Include More Surprise Actors, Says Harvey Weinstein

By Sean O'Connell 2012-05-22 07:55:12discussion comments
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The Weinstein Company hosted an exclusive event at the Cannes Film Festival this week, where it teased footage from three anticipated titles for gathered journalists. Harvey Weinstein presided over the event, screening clips from Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, David O. Russell’s comedy The Silver Linings Playbook, and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Descriptions of the footage are out there, and a teaser trailer for The Master made its way online shortly after, but this bit of news from Tarantino’s Django caught our eye.

Weinstein spoke with Deadline after the “slick, professionally produced and no-frills presentation” about Django, which will be in production for another month (at least), and hinted that they might be adding a few “surprise” co-stars to the ensemble before he wraps. That’s a welcome change of pace from the steady stream of actors who’ve exited the project since Tarantino started shooting. To date, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell had to leave for various reasons. Adding co-stars would be a welcome change.

Tarantino already cast a number of veterans in his Django feature, finding major roles for Christoph Waltz (of Inglorious Basterds) and Samuel L. Jackson. Could he possibly find room for other actors who shared screen in past Tarantino joints? And whom might you like to see make a return to Tarantino’s strange universe? Brad Pitt? Bruce Willis? Pam Grier?!

It’s odd to have a director remain so fluid with his casting, adding and removing actors as production rolls on. Given how quickly Tarantino works while filming, I wouldn’t be surprised if the footage from Weinstein’s Cannes footage is fashioned into a trailer that hits the Web soon. For now, are you excited about Django, and would the presence of special guest stars increase your interest?
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