Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained Adds Dennis Christopher
When building a cast for an R-rated western, there are few places better to look than the HBO series Deadwood, and it would seem that Quentin Tarantino has figured that out. But while there's little chance that we'll be seeing the likes of Ian McShane and/or Timothy Olyphant in Django Unchained (there simply aren't enough starring roles left), the filmmaker has already added Gerald McRainey - who played George Hearst in 13 episodes of the David Milch program - and has now added another former cast member from the show.
Dennis Christopher, who played Bellegarde in five episodes of Deadwood's third season, is now in talks to join Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, according to Variety. Should the deal be made final, Christopher would play Leo Moguy, the lawyer of the evil, slave-owning Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The story follows an escaped slave (Jamie Foxx) who joins up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) and plots both to rescue his wife and take revenge on his former owner. The film is also set to star Samuel L. Jackson as Candie's fiercely loyal house slave. Set to be released on December 25, 2012, the movie will be going into production later this fall.
I love the fact that Tarantino doesn't feel the need to cast only superstars in his movies, but instead simply finds the right actors for the roles. Dennis Christopher has largely been a TV actor for the last decade, but the director must see a quality in him that makes him perfect for Leo Moguy.
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