Quentin Tarantino's beyond-revisionist western Django Unchained lost one of its strongest links recently when Kevin Costner left the project. But you can't keep a QT down: he's already lined up a great replacement in the form of Kurt Russell, the star of Tarantino's Grindhouse entry, Death Proof.
The Wrap reports that Russell is currently in talks to take on the role of Ace Woody, the man who trains slaves to fight in gladiatorial combat for the amusement and profit of Leonardo DiCaprio's villain, Calvin Candie. Both Russell and Costner have histories in the western genre. In fact, both of them played Wyatt Earp in Tombstone and Wyatt Earp, respectively, two movies that were released almost exactly six months apart, on December 25th, 2003 and June 24th, 2004.
The news is particularly great for Kurt Russell fans (i.e. everyone). The popular actor and star of such cult favorites as Escape from New York, The Thing and Stargate has taken a break from acting since 2007's Death Proof, and frankly he's been sorely missed. Tough guys with a good sense of humor are rare, and seriously, we're wondering why he hasn't been discussed as a potential co-star in The Expendables 2 (or for that matter the first one). He's a class act and a strong cinematic presence, and if he really is signing on to Django Unchained, it's a legitimate cause for celebration.
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