June 15, 2012


Ever since scoring an Oscar nomination for Moneyball, Jonah Hill is continuing to find work in high-profile dramatic fare.  He recently signed on to co-star in Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street and now he’s got a role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained.  Before filming began on Tarantino’s flick, Hill was reportedly eyed for the role of Scotty Harmony, the kid who loses Django’s (Jamie Foxx) slave wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) to the charming and evil Calvin Candie.  However, Hill had to turn the job down due to scheduling conflicts, but he is now available, and while Deadline doesn’t know the part he’ll be playing, it definitely won’t be Scotty.  No matter who he ends up playing, I’m glad Django Unchained has added yet another talented actor to its impressive cast, which also includes Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, M.C. Gainey, Walton Goggins, Garrett Dillahunt, Dennis Christopher, Gerald McRaney, Laura Cayouette, Don Johnson,and Tom Savini.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and synopsis for Django Unchained.  The film opens December 25th.  Hill will next be seen in the comedy The Watch, which opens July 27th.

django-unchained-movie-poster-teaserHere’s the official synopsis for Django Unchained:

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…

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  • Bruce Harrington



      Mike Myers was in Inglourious Basterds

  • Brian

    I was under the impression the Sasha Baron-Cohen was supposed to take that role. Was I misinformed?

    • AlexHeyNa

      No, he was supposed to, but due to scheduling conflicts, he could do it.

  • hooters

    I hate this kid.

  • Walker

    What the hell?

    I have nothing against Hill, but we´ve already seen a trailer for this, and there are still actors joining in?????

    • reel_deal

      The film is still filming and Tarantino obviously hast cast to fill with the departures that have been going on, the trailers were composed of whatever footage was fit to print (hence why many different shots of the same scenes are in the trailers)

  • reel_deal

    My guess would be Hill is taking the place of Cohen’s abandoned role, but maybe, just maybe, he might be playing Ace Woody, which would be uh…”inspired casting” to say the least.

  • BrandonHeat07

    Crap actor… Hope Django kills him off quick…

  • yurine

    i hope he isn’t going to playing himself dressed up as a cowboy

  • Dan

    Well we had Chris Tucker in Jackie Brown and Mike Myers in Inglorious Bastards, so why not Jonah Hill in this? Mr. Tarantino, you can do whatever you want. You and Christopher Nolan.

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  • Kate

    I wouldn’t call this person an actor. Just another talentless userer.

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  • Upyours

    Who cares! I won’t be watching it, and I hope it FLOPS. Enough whining about slavery and bullcrap, what’s done is done.

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  • James

    no mention of dicaprio in the article? i’m guessing this was just an oversight?

  • Griffin

    Since his performance in Knocked Up he’s been in some of the best comedies in the last 5 years… He is a good actor as shown in Moneyball and 21 Jump Street. He’ll do well in this movie and all of you people saying otherwise will eat crow.

  • captain40

    ‘Impressive cast’ is what the article says. I’ve heard of only 3-4 of the dozen actors mentioned.

    • Derodicus

      So because you haven’t heard of them that obviously means it can’t be an impressive cast. I’m guessing you were already aware of Christoph Waltz prior to Inglourious Basterds. I suppose we’ll just rely on Captain40 for finding all talented actors and actresses from this time forward.

      Good job, Captain.

      • captain40

        You’re obviously Tarantino’s bitch. Anyway, they may be good actors but they’re hardly known actors. One would have to do a google search to find out who they are and then draw their own conclusions whether it’s ‘impressive casting’ or not. Good try Deez Nuts. I mean Derodicus

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