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Kurt Russell to replace Kevin Costner on Django Unchained

Kurt Russell in Death Proof, part of Grindhouse

Story by Jack Foley

KURT Russell is set to reunite with Death Proof director Quentin Tarantino for spaghetti western Django Unchained.

The actor is in talks to replace Kevin Costner, who bowed out of the project last week.

If successful, he would join Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz – the latter two of whom are also Tarantino veterans.

Set in the Deep South of the 1800s, Django Unchained follows a freed slave (played by Foxx) who partners with a German bounty hunter (Waltz) in order to find his wife, who is being held by a Francophile plantation owner (DiCaprio) who forces slaves to compete in death matches.

Russell would play a character called Ace, a man who oversees the plantation in a ruthless manner and who relishes punishing slaves.

The movie is due to go into production in November.

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