Casting Call: Elizabeth Shue and Abigail Spencer Board OF MEN AND MAVERICKS; M.C. Gainey Joins DJANGO UNCHAINED

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A couple more casting stories for you today. Firstly, Elizabeth Shue and Abigail Spencer (Mad Men) are set to star in Curtis Hanson’s surfing pic Of Men and Mavericks. The real-life story stars Gerard Butler as a local surfing legend and mentor to Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston), a world champion surfer who died in a diving accident at 22. THR reports that Shue will play Moriarty’s mother, while Spencer will take on the role of Butler’s character’s wife. The film will chronicle Butler’s transformation from reluctant mentor to father figure through the training of the young Moriarty. Leven Rambin also stars. Fox 2000 will co-finance and distribute with Walden Media. Jim Meenaghan and Mark Johnson penned the script.

Hit the jump for the casting news regarding Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Additionally, M.C. Gainey, who played Mr. Friendly on Lost, is the latest actor to join Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Variety reports that Gainey will play the villainous role of Big John Brittle. His character does some not very nice things to the titular Django’s wife, serving as a catalyst for the plot which centers on freed slave Django’s quest to find and resuce his wife. Jaime Foxx is set as Django, with Christoph Waltz playing a German bounty hunter who teams up with Foxx in order to hunt down Big John for a reward. Leonardo DiCaprio is set as the film’s villain, with Kurt Russell also in negotiations for a baddie role. Django Unchained opens December 25th, 2012.

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  • DamnBASTERD

    So they’ve got Bo Crowder in “Django Unchained”…SERIOUSLY: give Walton Goggins a part!

  • billyjean

    i haven’t read the script for Django(and have no plans to until after i saw the film. nobody wants to be spoiled), but there seems to be a lot of villains in this film. i hope this doesn’t overshadows DiCaprio’s “reportedly” super evil role as Calvin. i mean come on, the film’s biggest attraction(other than it being Tarantino’s first full on western) is that DiCaprio will show his meanest side that will give 180 degree turn ala Henry Fonda in Once Upon A Time in The West.

    • News Hit

      DiCaprio’s Calvin may serve as the primary antagonist, but the role is not the villain in the same way as Landa was in Basterds. The evil of slavery is inflicted by many, and – though Calvin may own a slave ranch – he has many people on his payroll so that he can keep his hands clean. There will be many villains in the film.

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