'Major Dad' thesp boards Quentin Tarantino project

Former “Deadwood” star Gerald McRaney is ready to get his cowboy hat back on, as the thesp is in negotiations to join the Weinstein Co.’s “Django Unchained” that Quentin Tarantino is writing and directing.

McRaney joins a cast that already includes Jaime Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Kevin Costner.

Story follows a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Foxx) on a mission to rescue his wife from her sadistic slavemaster.

The pic will be distributed domestically by The Weinstein Company and overseas by Sony Pictures. Production is expected to start this November with the studio slating the pic for a Dec. 25, 2012 bow.

Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin will produce. Harvey Weinstein, Michael Shamberg and Jim Skotchdopole are exec producing.

Best known for his work on the skein “Major Dad,” McRaney was most recently seen in the Fox actioner “The A-Team.”

He is repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Course Management.

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