Kevin Costner is in negotiations to join Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western Django Unchained. If the deal goes through, Costner will join a cast that already includes Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson. Per Deadline, Costner’s role would be that of the evil Ace Woody, the man responsible for training male slaves to fight for the amusement of the white customers of Candyland. For those new to the program, Django Unchained tells the story of an freed slave (Foxx) who is trained by a German bounty hunter (Waltz) so as to return to the plantation and save his wife from its evil owner (DiCaprio). The film is slated to begin production this fall and will open on December 25th, 2012.
As for Costner, in addition to potentially joining Django, the actor will also make a turn as Clark Kent’s Earthly father, Jonathan Kent, in producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. He’s also pulling double duty as a producer/star in The History Channel’s upcoming miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.