Sacha Baron Cohen has been forced to drop out of Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming Western Django Unchained, according to reports.
The Ali G and Borat creator was set to take on his first role for the Pulp Fiction director in the revenge thriller but, according to the Guardian, has had to leave the project as it clashes with the media commitments for his new flick The Dictator.
It is also reported that Kurt Russell, who previously worked with Tarantino on the film Death Proof, has also left the film. He had been cast as Ace Woody – a role which was originally given to, and then relinquished by, Kevin Costner, who quit the film last year due to scheduling conflicts.
The movie is set in the American South of the 1800’s and follows a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who partners with a German bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz, in order to find his wife, who has been captured by a Francophile plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Dictator is Cohen’s fourth comedy spoof movie following Ali G In Da House ,Borat and Bruno, and is released in the UK on May 16. You can watch a new video interview of the actor in his role as Admiral General Aladeen by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.