Gather ’round for more Django Unchained casting news!
star Anthony LaPaglia is joining the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-era Western. LaPaglia will play a vicious Australian gangmember who will, according to the actor himself, be partnered with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (recently reported as a possible castmember) as the 50/50 star’s brother, despite being twenty-two years older than Gordon-Levitt.
It seems that this Civil War-era film set in the United States’ Deep South is attracting a wide variety of international characters. In addition to LaPaglia and JGL playing Australians, Christoph Waltz will play a German bounty hunter who comes to the aid of the titular Django (Jamie Foxx), on a quest to rescue and avenge his wife, Broomhilda (the recently cast Kerry Washington).
The character LaPaglia is set to play will be one of several Australian criminals who cross paths with Django and his German associate while trasnporting slaves to the property of evil plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
LaPaglia is right on the money for Tarantino casting. He’s known for a niche television role: the sort of pop culture Tarantino celebrates in all of his films. The potential brotherly pairing with Gordon-Levitt would seem bizarre and curious in a film by any other director, but that sort of weird, not-quite-right quality is a Tarantino staple.