Russell Replaces Costner On “Django”

Kurt Russell has signed on to portray Ace Woody in Quentin Tarantino’s revenge western “Django Unchained” at The Weinstein Company and Sony Pictures says Heat Vision.

Woody is the henchman of the evil plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Woody is responsible for training male slaves to fight to the death and female slaves in the ways of prostitution.

Laura Cayouette (“Kill Bill Volume Two”) has also joined the cast as the widowed sister of Calvin and co-owner of the plantation.

Shooting begins in November but training has already begun. In fact Christoph Waltz, who plays the secondary lead of a German bounty hunter in the film, had to pull out of a promotional appearance this weekend after he dislocated his pelvis during horse riding training for the role.