Quentin Tarantino just lost one of his bad guys.
Kevin Costner has pulled out of the director’s Jamie Foxx-led Spaghetti Western “Django Unchained,” where he was to play a sadistic henchman, Ace Woody, to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie. Woody trains slaves on Candie’s plantation to battle to the death.
Foxx stars as Django and Samuel L. Jackson will play Stephen, Candie’s house slave and right-hand man.
The film’s producers say Costner’s schedule didn’t allow him to keep the role. He’s also playing Jonathan Kent — Clark Kent’s human father — in “Man of Steel,” and is currently in pre-production on the TV series “Hatfields and McCoys.”
The Weinstein-distributed “Django,” which Tarantino wrote and is directing, is set in the West in the 1800s.
A German dentist-turned-bounty-hunter, played by Christoph Waltz, buys — and frees — Django so the slave can help him find a man he’s looking for. Ultimately, the two become friends and the bounty hunter helps Django rescue his wife from the vicious Candie.