According to Variety Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno) is in final negotiations to join Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, making him one of the last major players to join the cast. His role is said to be a small one, a gambler who buys Django’s wife, but “Tarantino was very particular on who he wanted to play it, given the character’s importance to the story.”
In the movie Django (Jamie Foxx) is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife (Kerry Washington) and liberating her from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Samuel L. Jackson will play DiCario’s slave, Stephen, while Kurt Russell will play the sadistic trainer Ace Woody, who forces male slaves to fight to entertain the white patrons of Candyland.
Tarantino plans to start shooting Django Unchained in New Orleans in January, and The Weinstein Company will release it on December 25, 2012.
Sacha Baron Cohen will next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, and will star in his next Bruno/Borat-style movie The Dictator next May alongside Megan Fox, Sir Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, and Anna Faris.