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Sacha Baron Cohen closes in on key ‘Django’ role

Thesp in final talks for Tarantino pic

Sacha Baron Cohen is in final negotiations to join the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”

Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz also star.

Story follows a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Foxx) on a mission to rescue his wife from her sadistic slavemaster. In one of the last big parts to be cast for the film, Baron Cohen would play Scotty, a gambler who buys Django’s wife as a female companion.

Though the part is small, sources said Tarantino was very particular on who he wanted to play it, given the character’s importance to the story.

The Weinstein Co. will release “Django Unchained” domestically and Sony Pictures will release the pic overseas.

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

Production is expected to get under way in early 2012 with The Weinstein Co. planning its Stateside release for Dec. 25, 2012.

Baron Cohen can be seen next in Paramount’s “Hugo,” which bows Nov. 23, followed by Par’s “The Dictator,” which opens next summer.

He is repped by WME.

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