Casting for Django Unchained has certainly been a tough process. At first, there were some relatively big names involved, such as Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, and more all showing up in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western revenge drama. Once production began to roll on, it’s almost as if some of the big names dropped like flies as they confirmed they would not be involved after all. Now, after the majority of filming has been completed, it’s been revealed that one Oscar nominee has in fact returned in a capacity that will seen him on screen for at least a small duration of the movie.
Deadline reports that after initially turning down a role in the Tarantino installment, Jonah Hill will officially show up in Django Unchained. His character as of right now is undetermined, but there are various smaller roles that Hill could step into, including those of an Australian or New Orleans bounty hunter. Hill’s previous role that Tarantino was attempting to fill was that of Scott Harmony, a young man who actually loses Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) to the plantation owner and villain of the film Calvin Candle (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Hill’s next big screen venture, following his highly successful 21 Jump Street earlier this year, includes his return to comedy once more with the star-studded The Watch next month. Afterwards, the actor will be teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, and director Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street, which will film this August in New York City.
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django Unchained will be released this Christmas, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Walton Goggins, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony LaPaglia, Tom Savini, and more.