Kevin Costner passes on Tarantino’s Django Unchained

Eternal good-guy Kevin Costner will no longer play a baddie in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

As tweeted by Variety staffer Justin Kroll, Costner had to pass on the role due to scheduling conflicts.

Costner would have played Ace Woody, described by Deadline as “the sadistic trainer of the male fighting slaves who entertain the white patrons of Candyland as well as the female slaves who are forced to be prostitutes”.

Candyland is the club owned by vile slave-owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Our eponymous hero Django (Jamie Foxx) takes on Candie and Woody to free his wife, with the help of his mentor (played by Christoph Waltz).

Django Unchained hits Australian cinemas January 2013.

Discuss: Do you believe the ‘scheduling conflicts’ line? Was the role perhaps a little too un-PC for the all-American icon?

2 Responses to “Kevin Costner passes on Tarantino’s Django Unchained”

  1. I believe the scheduling conflicts story. After all he did play a serial killer in Mr Brooks.

  2. Costner isn’t that busy these days. Whilst he was awfully good in Mr Brooks, maybe the idea of slaves entertaining white folk and forced prostitution did give him cold feet.

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