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'Django Unchained': Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen Drop Out Of Quentin Tarantino's Latest

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 05/10/2012 9:36 am Updated: 05/10/2012 12:13 pm

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"Django Unchained" is due in theaters on Christmas Day, but that hasn't prevented the film from going through some eleventh casting fluctuations.

Quentin Tarantino's latest has apparently lost both Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell from its impressive roster, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Don Johnson. Their departures come on the heels of news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt couldn't make an appearance in "Django Unchained" work out either.

Cohen revealed he wasn't a part of "Django" during an interview with Howard Stern; the actor -- who had been set for a cameo role -- was unable to make the film work out due to his press commitments for "The Dictator."

As for Russell, it's unclear as to why he's no longer participating in the film. His exit was confirmed by Variety reporter Jeff Sneider.


Jeff Sneider
EXCLUSIVE: First KEVIN COSTNER, and now KURT RUSSELL has EXITED the cast of QT's DJANGO UNCHAINED. No reason given or replacement named...

Meanwhile, Gordon-Levitt had to bow out because of his busy schedule.

"I've been in touch with Quentin about it, and it was so cool to trust me to do this little part in his movie," JoGo told MTV News. "I would have loved, loved to have done it. He's one of my very favorite filmmakers, and he was really supportive of me directing and that meant the world to me." Gordon-Levitt will make his directorial debut this year.

So, what does this all mean for the film? Probably nothing much! "Django Unchained" has been filming since the beginning of the year, and Cohen and Gordon-Levitt had small roles that can be easily replaced or cut altogether. Russell, on the other hand, had a big enough part to get mentioned in the official plot synopsis. Who will replace him should be known in the near future.

UPDATE: According to Ain't It Cool News writer "Mr. Beaks," Russell will not get replaced in "Django Unchained"; his role will get "absorbed" by Walton Goggins, who was already cast in the film as a man named "Billy Crash."

"Django Unchained" hits theaters on Dec. 25.

[via The Film Stage]

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  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz attend the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz attend the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz attend the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx attend the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz attend the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx attend the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino attend the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz attend the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

  • CANCUN - April 15: In this handout image provided by Sony, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz attend the 'Django Unchained' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 15, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)

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