Russell takes on Django Unchained?
Kurt Russell is said to be in talks to appear in Django Unchained.
Kevin Costner had been reported to be considering the role of villainous sidekick Ace Woody in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming spaghetti western, but has apparently had to pass because of scheduling conflicts.
A spokesperson for distributors The Weinstein Company confirmed to The Wrap that Kurt is stepping in to take over the part of the henchman for Leonardo DiCaprio's character Calvin Candie, who owns a plantation where slaves are forced to battle to their deaths.
Django Unchained, set in the 19th-century West, also stars Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L Jackson.
Production on the film, which is set for a 2012 release, is expected to start soon.