Actor Anthony LaPaglia (“So I Married An Axe Murderer,” and TV’s “Without a Trace”) will join the cast of the drama/western “Django Unchained.” After starring in the hit television series “Without a Trace” for seven seasons, LaPaglia is ready to rekindle his film career, and he has done this by teaming up with writer/director Quentin Tarantino.
LaPaglia will play the leader of a group of greedy Australians who encounter slave-turned-bounty hunter Django (Jamie Foxx) as they are escorting a group of slaves recently purchased as fighters. LaPaglia said he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play mean brothers. LaPaglia went on to state he was bowled over by the script.
“It’s wildly ambitious and imaginative, deals with that subject matter in a way it hasn’t been dealt with before,” LaPaglia commented. “The way the cast has shaped up, it’s exciting to be involved.”
It will be the second film in a row where LaPaglia can readopt the Australian accent he grew up with but dropped for many of his Hollywood roles and the series “Without A Trace.”
The storyline for “Django Unchained” is as follows:
In the 1800’s south, slave-turned-bounty hunter Django (Jamie Foxx) teams up with a German doctor (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife from the sadistic and brutal slave master and Mississippi plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio.)
The Weinstein Company will distribute “Django” domestically on Christmas Day next year, while Sony Pictures will handle distribution internationally.
“Django Unchained” is scheduled to begin production this month, and will come to theaters on December 25th, 2012. The film will star Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Zoe Bell, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, Laura Cayouette, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, Tom Savini, M. C. Gainey, Lewis Smith, Anthony LaPaglia, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay and will also direct.
Will Tarantino have a cameo in his own film (again?)