Beatty kills role in ‘Bill’

Carradine inks role in assassination pic

Warren Beatty has stepped out of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” with David Carradine signing on to play the title role in the Miramax drama that Quentin Tarantino has written and will direct beginning in June. Carradine joins Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah and Lucy Liu, with Lawrence Bender producing the pic, which will shoot in L.A., Mexico, Tokyo and Beijing.

Beatty has long been tied to the role of a man who sends his assassins (Hannah and Liu) to bump off a former associate (Thurman). Tarantino said thesp felt Carradine was better suited to the role.

“Me and Warren and Lawrence were having dinner the other night, and Warren said, ‘Why haven’t you gone to David Carradine with this?’,” Tarantino said. “And it became mutually obvious to us that this wasn’t the one for me and Warren to do together. This is the one for me and David Carradine. I’ve been talking to Warren Beatty for a long time about this role, and I totally expect to make another movie with him.”

Tarantino, who was a big fan of “Kung Fu” and other Carradine films, quickly set the actor in the role.

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