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When one goes, apparently they all leave; Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell exit DJANGO UNCHAINED

Joshua Brunsting

May 10th, 2012

Well, I’ll be damned.

With this film heading deep into production now, director Quentin Tarantino may very well be digging a hole as two of his new film’s biggest actors have now jettisoned themselves from DJANGO UNCHAINED.

Variety and Cinemapulse are reporting that both Sacha Baron Cohen, who was only actually attached to a smaller cameo, and Kurt Russell, have left the upcoming project. Kevin Costner and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also left the project earlier on in production for a handful of reasons; so far, this film appears to be fighting an uphill battle.

For such a prestigious filmmaker to have a tough time holding down a cast, one must imagine that there are either major scheduling issues or something is up with the actors and their drive to work with a project this controversial. The source material may very well have scared some of them away, but I couldn’t imagine that that is actually their sole reason.

With a release date set for Christmas Day, the film will need to hurry to find replacements, but this does nothing to effect my anticipation for the film. I love this cast, led by Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, and while this is definitely a bump in the road, it should hopefully be smooth sailing from here on out.

Source Variety via Cinemapulse

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