So, much to my dismay, people are starting to express concerns about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which is set to open on Christmas Day this year. Jonah Hill is now officially joining the cast, after having stated a while back that his schedule would not allow him to accept a role. However, seeing as how the film is still shooting, Jonah can now live the dream and work with Tarantino. But is it a bad sign that they are still shooting– and still casting– this highly-anticipated flick?
The Playlist at Indiewire reports that this isn’t the only last-minute change in the filming of Django. Sacha Baron Cohen was supposed to play the role of Scott Harmony (the young boy whose father buys him a slave– Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington), but he dropped out. Jonah was initially offered this part, but will now be playing someone else entirely. Sean O’Neal at the AV Club raised an interesting question about whether or not movies should release trailers when they’re still filming:
Although its recently debuted trailer seemed to herald that Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is a done deal, there are still new casting reports coming out somehow, suggesting that these have become their own autonomous form of entertainment.
I’ve heard that other actors like Kurt Russell and Will Smith also dropped out of the project at different points. Do ya’ll think it means anything that they’re still casting or does this seem like the usual Hollywood fare? I’d like to think it’s the latter, because Quentin Tarantino doesn’t usually specialize in wackness and I want to stay excited about this movie. So I will!
Jonah also has a lot to be excited about. After Tarantino he’s on to work with Martin Scorsese. He’ll be joining his Django co-star Leonardo DiCaprio on Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Nothing like an Oscar-nom to boost that career! Although, I thought Jonah was awesome pre-recognition from the Academy.
Anybody else excited to see Jonah pull this off? Lots of people think he is totally wrong for Django, but I’m a Superbad super-fan and my allegiance will not allow me to question his abilities. AKA I’m hella biased. What do you guys think?
Django Unchained International Trailer
Jonah’s Early Work