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RZA Joins The Cast Of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

It's a rare feat, but RZA is one of the few people who has successfully transferred from the rap game to the movie industry. Over the past few years the Wu-Tang Clan member has had solid supporting roles in movies like Funny People, Due Date, The Next Three Days and American Gangster (he even shows up in A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, which is due out this Friday). Hell, the guy even wrote and directed his own film - with Eli Roth - called The Man with the Iron Fists, which is due out next year. So what's next for the multi-platform star? How about a Quentin Tarantino movie?

According to Variety, Tarantino has called upon RZA for a role in his upcoming film Django Unchained. This won't be the first time that the two have worked together, as the rapper worked on the music for both Kill Bill movies (and was featured in the song "Ode To Oren Ishii" on the OST). The report says that RZA will play Thaddeus, "a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation," though it doesn't specify if he works for the main villain, Calvin Candie, who is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. In further casting news for the movie, Misty Upham, best known for her role as Lila Littlewolf in Frozen River, has also been added to the movie as a a trading post owner named Minnie.

The story, also written by Tarantino, centers on an escaped slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) who teams up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to take down his former owner (DiCaprio) and rescue his wife (Kerry Washington). Also set to star in the film are Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony LaPaglia, Tom Savini, Don Johnson, MC. Gainey, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, and Laura Cayouette. Production is scheduled to start later this year and the movie will be released on December 25, 2012.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.