Tarantino's highly anticipated Spaghetti Western, which is slated for a Christmas Day release, has also been proved to be quite an exercise in casting roulette. A month after the departure of Sasha Baron Cohen--which was preceded by exits from Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell--The Weinstein Company has confirmed the addition of yet another high-profile actor.
The Weinstein Company has set Jonah Hill to play a role in Django Unchained, which is in production. I’m trying to find out who he’ll be playing, but am told it won’t be Scotty Harmony, the kid who loses Django’s slave wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) to Calvin Candie, a charming but utterly evil plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, which sets up a showdown with Django, the former slave turned bounty hunter played by Jamie Foxx.
Because the film is well into production, don't expect Hill to play too major a role. Regardless, Hill's presence in the film is yet another opportunity for him to transition into more critically acclaimed films, something he definitely capitalized on in "Moneyball."
Hill's appearance in "Django" will also give him some extra bonding time with DiCaprio, his co-star in Martin Scorcese's highly anticipated "The Wolf of Wall Street." The biopic, which centers around Wall Street player Jordan Belfort's (DiCaprio) involvement in a 1990's securities fraud case, is scheduled to come out in 2013.