Quentin Tarantino is finally fleshing out his cast for ‘Django Unchained,’ his “Southern” about a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who teams with a German bounty hunter (Christophe Waltz) to retrieve his long-lost love from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Variety reports that Samuel L. Jackson has officially come on board after months of rumors to take the role of the plantation owner’s right-hand man, while Gerald McRaney (‘The A-Team’) will also join the cast as another evildoer.
McRaney, one of the stars of HBO’s ‘Deadwood,’ most likely will play “Big Daddy” Bennett, a racist slave owner who is the first major hurdle Schultze and Django must overcome on their quest, according to The Playlist. Also in the cast is Kevin Costner as another of Candie’s henchmen.
This is the fifth teaming of Jackson and Tarantino after ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Jackie Brown,’ ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Inglourious Basterds.’
Tarantino is shooting for a November start, with an anticipated release date of Dec. 25, 2012, via The Weinstein Company.