Jonah Hill Joins DJANGO UNCHAINED

     June 15, 2012

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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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