Gerald McRaney Joins DJANGO UNCHAINED; Richard Ayoade Picks Up NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

     September 13, 2011

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We have a couple of casting bits to bring you tonight. First up, The A-Team‘s Gerald McRaney is in negotiations to join Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western Django Unchained. If the deal goes through, McRaney (who’ll always be Major Dad to me) will become part of a cast that already includes Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Kevin Costner. Variety scooped the news of McRaney’s negotiations, while stopping short of divulging any details regarding his potential role. For those unaware, Django Unchained tells the story of a freed slave (Foxx) who undergoes training with a German bounty hunter (Waltz) in preparation of saving his wife from their evil owner (DiCaprio). The film is scheduled to begin shooting in November in time for its scheduled December 25th, 2012 release.

Next up, Richard Ayoade (writer/director Submarine) has joined the cast of director Akiva Schaffer’s (Hot Rod) comedy Neighborhood Watch. Ayoade will star alongside Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Rosemarie DeWitt and Nicholas Braun in the pic which follows a group of neighbors who uncover a conspiracy in the process of “crimestopping.” Although they don’t offer any details regarding Ayoade’s role, Variety reports that Chris Tucker was also being eyed for the part at one point. Neighborhood Watch hits theaters on July 27th, 2012.

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