Kevin Costner has had to drop out of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, it's been reported.
The Dances With Wolves star had been in talks to play the villainous Ace Woody, a sadistic slave trainer in Tarantino's eagerly anticipated spaghetti Western, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio who plays evil ranch owner Calvin Candie, and Samuel L Jackson who plays Calvin's valet Stephen.
But Variety's Justin Kroll has tweeted: "Kevin Costner has had to pass on Django Unchained due to scheduling conflicts."
The Bodyguard star recently filmed his role as Clark Kent's adoptive father in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, and is also signed up to the History Channel miniseries The Hatfields and The McCoys and well as his own directorial project A Little War Of Our Own.
Jamie Foxx is set to play the title character in Django Unchained, as a slave-turned-bounty hunter who joins forces with a German bounty hunter (played by Christoph Waltz) to take on the villains in an attempt to free his slave wife.
Production is set to begin later this year, with a release scheduled for December 2012.