Thesp may play Big John Brittle in Tarantino pic
M.C. Gainey may have played Mr. Friendly on ABC’s “Lost” but the character he’ll play in “Django Unchained” is anything but, as the veteran thesp is in negotiations to play Big John Brittle in Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti Western.One of the overseers of the Carrucan Plantation, the nefarious character serves as a catalyst for the pic’s plot, as he rapes Django’s wife, Broomhilda, before branding Django’s cheek with the letter ‘R,’ which stands for ‘runaway.’ Jamie Foxx stars as Django and Christoph Waltz plays Dr. King Schultz, a German bounty hunter tracking Big John and his two brothers in order to collect a large reward. Schultz frees and teams up with Django, who helps him find and identify them. Leonardo DiCaprio is set to co-star as villainous plantation owner Calvin Candie, while Kurt Russell is in negotiations to replace Kevin Costner as Ace Woody, a sadistic trainer who readies Candie’s male slaves to fight one another to the death. Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher and Laura Cayouette co-star in the pic, which is pushing back a bit in the wake of a pelvic injury Waltz suffered during training for his physically-demanding role. Production is still expected to start this November, with the Weinstein Co. slating the pic for a Christmas Day release in the U.S. next year. Gainey, who played Mr. Friendly on ABC’s “Lost” recently appeared on FX’s “Justified,” will soon be seen alongside Nicolas Cage in Simon West’s thriller “Medallion” and in Jay Chandrasekhar’s comedy “The Babymakers.” He’s repped by Domain Talent and Miriam Milgrom Management.