Sacha Baron Cohen Could Take A Role In Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained
Sacha Baron Cohen doesn't make a lot of movies, but he does have a habit of working with some pretty spectacular directors. In the last four years he has worked with both Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) and Martin Scorsese (the upcoming Hugo). Now it looks like he'll be able to add Quentin Tarantino to that list as well.
Variety has learned that Baron Cohen is now in final talks for a part in Django Unchained. The story follows an escaped slave (the titular Django, played by Jamie Foxx) who teams up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to take revenge against a sadistic slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) and rescue his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Should he sign on the dotted line, Baron Cohen will play a gambler named Scotty Harmony who buys Broomhilda as a "female companion." The trade says that it's a small role, but that Tarantino was very particular about the actor he wanted for the part as the character apparently plays an important role in the plot. The movie is set to star production later this year and will hit theaters Christmas Day in 2012.
In addition to the actors mentioned above, the cast is absolutely stacked with other stars including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Tom Savini, Don Johnson, MC. Gainey, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Laura Cayouette, Misty Upham, James Remar, Tom Wopat, Rex Linn, James Russo, and Todd Allen. At this point I'm not sure that there will be a single frame in Django Unchained that doesn't have at least one familiar face. If the quality of the cast is any indication, the movie could end up being Tarantino's best yet.
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