Thesps line up for ‘Django Unchained’

Remar, Wopat among actors added to Tarantino pic

Quentin Tarantino is adding four more veteran thesps to the cast of his epic spaghetti Western “Django Unchained,” as James Remar (“Dexter”), Tom Wopat (“The Dukes of Hazzard”), James Russo (“Miss Bala”) and Presidio Pictures founder Todd Allen have joined the star-studded ensemble.

Remar and Russo will play slave trading brothers Ace and Dicky Speck, who purchase Django (Jamie Foxx) at the Greenville Slave Auction. Remar’s “48 Hrs.” co-star Allen will play plantation overseer Dollar Bill, while Wopat has been cast as Marshall Gill Tatum.

Best known these days for playing Michael C. Hall’s father on Showtime’s “Dexter,” Remar is a longtime favorite of director Walter Hill, who cast him in classic films such as “48 Hrs.” and “The Warriors,” as well as Westerns “Wild Bill” and “The Long Riders.” Thesp has been keeping a high profile in studio films, with recent roles as military generals in Matthew Vaughn’s superhero pic “X-Men: First Class” and David Gordon Green’s stoner comedy “Pineapple Express.”

Best known for playing Luke Duke on the long-running CBS series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Wopat recently appeared in “Jonah Hex” and just wrapped a recurring role as Margo Martindale’s husband on CBS’ “A Gifted Man.”

Russo has co-starred alongside Johnny Depp in “Public Enemies,” “Donnie Brasco” and “The Ninth Gate.” Thesp also appeared in the Western “Open Range” and “The Postman,” both of which were directed by Kevin Costner, who dropped out of “Django” and was replaced by Kurt Russell.

While Allen hasn’t worked with Tarantino before, the two go back almost 25 years to an acting class they both attended. Allen previously starred opposite Robert Duvall in both “The Apostle” and AMC’s “Broken Trail,” which also featured Russo. Thesp currently serves as prexy of Austin-based film and TV production company Presidio Pictures, which is developing the inspirational football pic “12 Mighty Orphans.”

Remar is repped by Gersh and Lighthouse Entertainment, while Innovative Artists reps Wopat. Allen is repped by Linda McAlister Talent and Mosaic.