Quentin Tarantino’s next project, Django Unchained, has already assembled an impressive cast. Jamie Foxx is set to star as the title character, an updating of a classic spaghetti western icon made famous by Franco Nero. He’s set to be joined by Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz. Now, Deadline says you can add one more name to that list: Kevin Costner.
Costner, like DiCaprio, is set to play against type in the new film – taking on the role of Ace Woody, a sadistic slave master. Costner’s character will work for DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie – the man who owns a ranch named Candyland where male slaves are pit against each other in brutal combat as entertainment for the white folks. Woody trains the fighters – and isn’t above thinning the herd of the less desirable brawlers if the situation calls for it.
Once one of Hollywood’s hugest box-office draws, Costner has kept a lower profile over the past few years. Aside from this project, he’s also been tapped to play Pa Kent in the new Superman film – hardly the leading roles he was famous for in the ‘90s. All in all, we like the casting. It’s great to see Costner not only working, but taking on roles that go against the grain of what audiences expect from him. The actor’s demonstrated that he can play a villain – his work in the 2007 thriller Mr. Brooks is proof of that.
Django Unchained is set for a Christmas 2012 release – now let’s just hope that Tarantino works in a cameo for Franco Nero…