Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Quentin Tarantino adds Jonah Hill to the Cast of Django Unchained

If ever there were ever to be an actor capable of defying typecasting, few would have guessed that that actor would be Jonah Hill. Originally confined to rather silly roles in raunchy comedies such as Get Him to the Greek and Superbad, Hill has since broken out to play characters in a number of rather substantial films including 21 Jump Street, The Wolf of Wall Street, True Story, and Moneyball, the latest of these landing him an Oscar nomination. Hill’s newest position will be as part of Quentin Tarantino’s heavily anticipated film Django Unchained.

The story of Django Unchained follows the exploits of Django, an escaped slave who joins forces with the German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. The deal is this: if Django can help Schultz capture or kill the deadly Brittle brothers, then he will earn his freedom. During the course of the film Django does earn his freedom and upon doing so decides to travel with Schultz and to help Schultz vanquish the South’s worst criminals in hopes of reuniting with Broomhilda, the wife who was previously stolen away from him by the slave trade.

Two Words: Sexual Tension

The cast of Django Unchained, which Hill has joined, is star-studded to say the least. Jamie Foxx, an Academy Award winner, will star as Django alongside three other notable actors - Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson, who are set to portray Schultz, Calvin Candie (the owner of an infamous plantation known as “Candyland”), and Stephen (a slave working for Candie), respectively. Two big name actors who previously held association with Django Unchained, Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen, have both dropped out of the project, the former for unknown reasons and the latter due to scheduling conflicts with the promotional tour of his latest film, The Dictator. With that being said there are still plenty of well recognized faces for fans to get excited about seeing.

What Jonah Hill will look like upon receiving his first Academy Award?

What exactly people can expect to see Hill doing in Django Unchained is still unknown. As of now the only confirmed piece of information available is that Hill will not hold the role of Scotty Harmony, the man who loses Django’s wife Broomhilda to Candie while gambling and the character who Cohen originally was intended to play. Perhaps Hill’s appearance in Django Unchained can act as yet another step in the man’s journey from goofball to gold winner come award season.


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