Kevin Costner walks away from Tarantino's Django Unchained

Won't appear with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz

 
Just when we thought Quentin Tarantino was bringing together the most awesome cast of all time for his slave western Django Unchained, one of the folks we were most excited about seeing has left the project. 
 
Kevin Costner, rumoured to be playing Ace Woody (one of lead villain's Calvin Candie's key crew), has passed on the picture, citing 'scheduling conflicts.'
 
It looks like Costner would rather make a TV movie entitled The Hatfields & The McCoys for the History Channel with his old pal Kevin Reynolds than work with the most exciting living director in the world. 
 
But Kevin is also appearing in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man Of Steel, so maybe his role in that is bigger than we first thought.
 
Either way, Tarantino will now have to find a new Ace. The gossips are currently suggesting Danny McBride, but we're not sure if we see it. Costner and McBride couldn't be more different.
 
And we're particularly disappointed that Costner has dropped out, as we were looking forward to watching Django and Fandango in a Kevin Costner-themed rhyming double-bill. That dream is over.
 

 

 Are you sad Kevin's out? Would you want to see Danny McBride directed by Tarantino? Tell us!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Sep 16th 2011, 11:34

      McBride? Really? Christ I hope not. Shame Costner has walked but maybe it has something to do with Superman being pushed back.

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 16th 2011, 12:01

      Before 'Once upon a time in the west', Henry Fonda was considered cleancut and wholesome , who played all -american heroes, no-one would think he would make a cold-blooded child-killing villian. So Tarantino needs an actor who rarely plays bad guys

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    • TurnIntoTheSpin

      Sep 16th 2011, 12:48

      In all seriousness I'd like to see Mel Gibson take on the role. It'd be like a mental version of casting Travolta in Pulp Fiction

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    • ChrisWootton

      Sep 16th 2011, 12:49

      I'd second that

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    • JohnnyMac

      Sep 16th 2011, 12:55

      That really is bad news. I think Tarantino would have enjoyed reminding the world just how good Costner can be. How do you recast the role so you forget Costner was up for the part? With a star that's not had a great film for a while, has the western connection, and has everyone anticipating a return to form. It's a big loss, and a bad decision on Kevin's part.

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    • KingofSpain

      Sep 16th 2011, 12:58

      Your sub headline makes it seem like Costner refused to work with certain people!!

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    • JohnnyMac

      Sep 16th 2011, 12:58

      Mel Gibson! That is a good idea.

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    • Siban1982

      Sep 16th 2011, 13:00

      A bad decision on Costner's part if he actually had a choice. I mean a TV movie for the History channel?! I don't know what to think but it is generally a big shame. I'd rather have seen Costner in this than the new Superman.

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    • olsquareeyes

      Sep 16th 2011, 13:11

      I'm free. I'll do it.

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    • FBDBrighton

      Sep 16th 2011, 13:21

      Please anyone but Danny McBride. How about letting Harrison Ford try the bad guy role again? Sounded interesting in Cowboys vs, but ended up playing 'Bit-mardy-at-the-start-but-a-softie-really guy'. I'm sure QT could get it done properly

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    • ChrisWootton

      Sep 16th 2011, 13:26

      Ford is another good suggestion, I just can't see him and Tarantino working together for some reason... maybe that's why it could work though

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    • DivineSugar

      Sep 16th 2011, 15:20

      Well I'm sad about it, but it's his choice, his career. I'm glad he'll still be in Superman :D

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    • MadMatt

      Sep 16th 2011, 15:35

      Hatfields and McCoys is not a TV movie, it's an epic mini-series like Lonesome Dove. Costner is producing it and has been developing it for years, so it's not like this is some cheap thing he's bound to by contracts, it's a personal passion project. He probably hoped Tarantino would rearrange the schedule to accommodate him like Peter Jackson did for Martin Freeman in the Hobbit/Sherlock conflict, but it seems it won't be possible. A terrible shame as this was brilliant casting. I hope QT will try harder to shoot around his availability rather than recast.

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    • FBJBrown22

      Sep 16th 2011, 16:13

      Seriously Tarantino must be the most overrated director in the. I really don't understand why everyone gets so excited by him, the majority of his work is mediocre at best, altho granted thats only my opinion. Its just it seems that everyone falls over themselves to slap him on his back, as if you must be really cool if you like Tarantino, get over it people, and as for the way Total Film fawns over him well thats just embarrassing really.

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    • anant

      Sep 16th 2011, 17:56

      leave this for superman? i know superman is going to be awesome as well, but still jonathan kent is a slightly predictable. QT must have had something unique for him

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    • parochial1

      Sep 16th 2011, 23:15

      Jackie Brown aside, QT is a demi-god. Reservoir Dogs (while still on limited release) was was most profound cinematic experience of my life, challenged only by Oldboy. And while it would be interesting to see if QT could hand Costner back his credibility the way he did for Bruce Willis and David Carradine, he was really the one rumour that had my head reeling with ambivalence. What about Mel G as his replacement? Waterworld was a poor imitation of Mad Max, now Gibbo could try and claim some kudos by stepping into the spurs of every granny's leading man! Hell, he'd be playing slave driver anyway: just give him some Castlemaine XXXX and let him ad lib!

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 17th 2011, 1:00

      Jackie Brown > Death Proof.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Sep 17th 2011, 23:20

      @parochial1 - I don't think Costner needs to have any 'credibility handed back to him'; he's carved out a solid if rather low-key career over the past decade, taking supporting roles in character-driven films and self-financing or producing quality projects of his own like Open Range. There's nothing wrong with his career, he just doesn't have as high a profile as he did as a superstar in the 80's and 90's. You certainly wouldn't compare it with the embarrassment that was John Travolta's life pre-Pulp Fiction. And I agree with Ali748, Jackie Brown is excellent. It's Tarantino's most mature film, and the most accessible (which should not be taken as an insult). Again, I'm assuming I'm in agreement with Ali748 (although I wouldn't want to put words in another commenter's mouth) by stating that Death Proof is easily his weakest effort. In fact, it's bloody awful. Kurt Russell does what he can to save it, but nothing can compensate for the casting of a lunk-headed Kiwi stuntwoman who couldn't act her way out of a paper bag in a leading role. I guess she let QT suck her toes or something...

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    • writerdave87

      Sep 18th 2011, 1:11

      I actually really liked waterworld...

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    • MadMatt

      Sep 18th 2011, 21:24

      Make that three people who like Waterworld! It's a really good, entertaining action movie, nicely shot with some great stuntwork - far better than anything Michael Bay has made in the last ten years or so, for a start. I think Costner had just had too much success at that point, and the knives were out. It doesn't deserve to be lumped in with notorious flops like Ishtar, anyway.

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