Kevin Costner Joins the Django Unchained Cast

Here’s some Django Unchained news from out of left field:  Kevin Costner will be joining the cast as Ace Woody, a sadistic slave trainer who works for Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).  Deadline, who got this exclusive on this news, describes Costner’s role as follows:

Ace Woody is the one who pits the “mandingo” fighters against one another, and has little qualms about mistreating and even killing the slaves who don’t measure up. The roles that DiCaprio and Costner will play are every bit as sadistic as the one that Waltz played in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds

Kevin Costner’s role and involvement in the film is being compared to the comeback John Travolta made in Pulp Fiction. I personally think it’s a bit premature to make such statements, especially without having actually seen the film, but this is quite an unusual role for Costner, who typically plays “the good guy”.

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