It seems like every other day we’re reporting on a new addition to the fantastic cast of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Today is one of those days as we can report on four new members: James Remar (Dexter), Tom Wopat (Jonah Hex), James Russo (Public Enemies) and Todd Allen (Friday Night Lights) have all joined the party.
In non-Django Unchained news, we have two leading contenders for this year’s Best Actress Oscar: Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) and breakout star Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene). The catch here is that they’re co-starring in the same movie, Therese Raquin. After the awards are over, the pair will co-star in the film based on the 19th century novel and play by Emile Zola. Hit the jump for more on both projects.
Variety reported on the new additions to Django Unchained. Remar will play Ace Speck, a slave trader who purchases Django (Jamie Foxx) at auction, while Allen is set to play plantation overseer, Dollar Bill. Wopat, probably best known for his recurring portrayal of Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, has been cast as Marshall Gill Tatum.
Django Unchained follows the titular slave and his bounty hunter mentor (Christoph Walz) in their quest to free Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from sadistic slave owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, M.C. Gainey, Dennis Christopher, Gerald McRaney, Laura Cayouette, Don Johnson, Tom Savini and, why not, maybe even Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Django Unchained is slated to hit theaters on Christmas Day, 2012.
Entertainment Weekly reported on the team-up of Close and Olsen. Olsen, the younger sister of the Olsen twins, will play the “Therese” part of Therese Raquin, while Close will play, you guessed it, Madame Raquin. Pitched as a dark and erotic thriller, the plot revolves around young Therese in 1867 Paris, whose aunt, Madame Raquin, is forcing her into an arranged marriage with her rich, but sickly, first cousin. As Therese soon becomes obsessed with Laurent, a friend of her husband, a devastating affair ensues with a very heavy price. The role of Laurent has yet to be cast.
Therese Raquin will be directed by Charlie Stratton, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation. Production is set to begin in the spring. Check out the synopsis of the novel below:
In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Thérèse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband’s earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Thérèse Raquin caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola’s novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence. [Amazon]