The bad news continues!
Shortly after Sacha Baron Cohen announced his departure from the film, reporter Jeff Sneider just tweeted that Kurt Russell has left Django Unchained. According to Sneider, no reason was given nor was a replacement named. Sneider works for Variety, so it’s safe to assume that this isn’t a wild internet rumor.
This news is more troubling than Baron Cohen’s departure, because Kurt Russell’s role, Ace Woody, has much more camera time and action than Baron Cohen’s. It’s also, shall we say, a controversial role that many actors would balk at. With filming more than halfway done, it will be a tough task to find a replacement and get him prepared under such time constraints. I should also note that is another “cursed role.” Kevin Costner originally accepted the role, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Russell was his replacement.
Updates on the situation will be posted once they become available. In the meantime, who do you think should replace Kurt Russell? I’ve seen fans toss Kiefer Sutherland’s name around, but he’s no Kurt Russell.