Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s Christmas time release about a former slave going back to the plantation to rescue his wife (and surely to get some gory as hell, 1800s martial arts revenge) just took a bit of a blow in the casting department: Joseph Gordon Levitt, who’d been attached in a supporting role, had to bail due to schedule conflict.
Levitt was but one cog in an almost overwhelmingly interesting cast that still boasts Leonardo Dicaprio, Jamie Foxx and Sasha Baron Cohen. The loss is unfortunate, but Django still looks like it might be one of Tarantino’s best, and we can still look forward to Don Jon’s Addiction, which JGL will direct as well as star opposite Scarlett Johansson.
In other drop out news, SNL is reportedly looking down the home stretch with Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis, who are all basically in their 7th-8th season of the show. Nothing will be official until late summer, but the move make sense for the trio, who have all found success in film the past year or two.
While it is a tough group to lose, audiences can look forward to not dealing with Wiig in every single sketch. Wiig is a wildly skilled performer and, as she’s proved in movies, she’s got comedic chops to hang with the best of them. The SNL writers have, unfortunately, been content to let wig sleepwalk around stage, talking in bizarre voices and crossing her eyes. It’s been one of a million chronic problems dragging the show down in recent seasons. Wiig’s impression of Lana del Rey was the best thing she’s done in a while.
Samberg’s absence will be a little more uneven; he’s hardly in the show sometimes, physically anyways–his Digital Shorts, along with Weekend Update, are the only reason to hold out hope at the start of any given episode.
Sudeikis, along with Bill Hader, have been doing their best since the departure of Will Forte to be the glue of the show. He does all the little things and if all three of them go, Lorne and NBC might do well to part ways with Fred Armisen and Kenan Thompson as well and try to rebuild this thing from scratch.