It somehow seemed more likely to me that we’d see Quentin Tarantino and Sacha Baron Cohen fighting around the commercial break on TV Burp than teaming up for a slavery revenge thriller in the mode of a Spaghetti Western, but here we are.
According to Variety, Cohen is negotiating for the key role of Scotty Harmony, the gambling man who procures Broomhilda, Django’s wife, as an enslaved “female companion.”
I didn’t think for one second of this casting while reading the script, but it makes perfect sense now. Cohen joins Jaimie Foxx and Christoph Waltz and, apparently, Jonah Hill was up for a role too but, due to a scheduling conflict, he had to decline. Tarantino’s being as eclectic as ever.
Amongst those who did recently take a role are: James Remar, James Russo, Rex Lynn, Tom Wopat and, brilliantly, Todd Allen, the founder of Presidio Pictures and somebody who shared an acting class with Tarantino some quarter of a century ago.
Sooner or later, it seems, Tarantino will find a way to work with everybody he wants to. It wasn’t Jonah Hill’s time just yet, but I reckon it will come around again.
Django Unchained is scheduled for a release at Christmastime next year. Thanks to Deadline for the Lynn bit.