Kurt Russell will portray Ace Woody, who runs the plantation owned by Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The story follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a recently-freed slave who hires a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to track down his kidnapped wife.
It is also being reported today that Laura Cayouette has joined the Django Unchained cast. She will play the widowed sister of Calvin Candie, who also co-owns the plantation. Laura Cayouette previously starred in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2 as Rocket.
Quentin Tarantino is directing Django Unchained from his own original screenplay. The Weinstein Company is distributing the Western domestically, with Sony Pictures handling international distribution.
Production is scheduled to start in November on Django Unchained.