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Tarantino taps Don Johnson for ‘Django’

Johnson joins 'Miami Vice' star Jaime Foxx in Western ensemble

Quentin Tarantino has gone back to the TV archives with his latest casting for “Django Unchained,” bringing “Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges” star Don Johnson to the ensemble.

Johnson joins a cast that already includes Jaime Foxx (who played Ricardo Tubbs in the “Miami Vice” movie, incidentally), Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Kurt Russell. Gerald McRainey, who is best known for his roles on “Major Dad” and “Deadwood,” is also on board.

Story follows a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Foxx) on a mission to rescue his wife from her sadistic slavemaster. Johnson will play a wealthy southern plantation owner who Django and Schultz meet in their pursuit of a bounty.

The pic will be distributed domestically by The Weinstein Company and overseas by Sony Pictures.

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

Tarantino has a knack for unique casting, but in the case of Johnson, it was a little harder to nail his pick down than he originally expected: Sources say Tarantino had always been a fan of Johnson from his “Miami Vice” days, and very much wanted him for this part.

Johnson was a fan of Tarantino and the script, but didn’t feel it was for him. After a courtship that lasted several months, Johnson finally decided to give in and do it.

Johnson is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment.

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