Much to the chagrin of movie fans, beloved veteran actor Kurt Russell and comedic firebrand Sacha Baron Cohen have both reportedly dropped out of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained.
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a freed slave in the 1800s who is joined by Cristoph Waltz playing a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter, on a quest to wrest Django’s wife from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie, a wealthy and sadistic plantation-owner.
Russell was to play Ace Woody, a particularly nasty henchman who trains slaves to fight for Candie’s amusement, a role originally assigned to Kevin Costner, who dropped out because of a scheduling conflict. No reason has been given for Russell’s departure but his part has been rolled into another played by Walton Goggins of Justified.
Baron Cohen’s role of Scotty Harmony, a sleazy gambler who at one point acquires Django’s wife through dubious means, will likely be cut entirely. Baron Cohen confirmed on Howard Stern’s show that his promotional duties for next week’s The Dictator killed his cameo.