Quentin Tarantino has made a habit of resurrecting actors’ careers by casting them in his movies and the writer-director is making no exception on his latest pic “Django Unchained,” as “Breaking Away” star Dennis Christopher is in negotiations to join the cast of the epic revenge film.
Jamie Foxx stars as the title character, a slave-turned-bounty hunter who teams up with a German doctor (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife from a sadistic slavemaster named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Christopher will play Leo Moguy, who serves as Candie’s lawyer. Thesp will be the second “Deadwood” alum added to the ensemble, as Gerald McRaney is set to co-star along with Samuel L. Jackson.
The Weinstein Co. will distribute “Django” domestically on Christmas Day next year, and Sony Pictures will distribute overseas. Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin are producing, while Harvey Weinstein, Michael Shamberg and Jim Skotchdopole are exec producing.
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Christopher, who also co-starred in Best Picture winner “Chariots of Fire,” has appeared in just one feature film over the last six years — Henry Jaglom’s 2010 indie “Queen of the Lot.” He has spent the last several years doing guest spots on TV series such as “Criminal Minds” and “CSI.”
Christopher is repped by Bauman, Redanty & Shaul.