Quentin Tarantino is reaching out to a familiar face for a part in “Django Unchained,” tapping his “Kill Bill” composer RZA for a supporting role in the Weinstein Company’s spaghetti Western. RZA will play Thaddeus, a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation.
Additionally, “Frozen River” star Misty Upham has been cast as a trading post-bar owner named Minnie.
RZA scored both “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and “Kill Bill: Volume 2” for Tarantino, who is presenting RZA’s directorial debut “The Man With the Iron Fists,” which RZA co-wrote with Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” star Eli Roth. RZA stars in the Universal pic alongside Russell Crowe, as well as Tarantino alums Pam Grier and Lucy Liu.
Best known as the de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA has spent the last several years building his feature resume and studying top-tier directors, with appearances in Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster,” Judd Apatow’s “Funny People,” Todd Phillips’ “Due Date” and Paul Haggis’ “The Next Three Days.” Thesp, who recently wrapped production on Paramount’s “G.I. Joe 2,” will soon be seen in “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas.” RZA will also join David Duchovny on the upcoming season of Showtime’s “Californication.”
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