RZA is heading south with Quentin Tarantino.
The "Kill Bill" composer is reuniting with the "Kill Bill" writer-director for "Django Unchained," according to Variety. But this time, RZA will be in front of the camera.
The former Wu-Tang Clan frontman will be playing the role of Thaddeus, a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation. And just because you usually can't have just one person join the cast of "Django Unchained" at a given time, "Frozen River" star Misty Upham has also signed on as a trading post/bar owner named Minnie.
RZA scored both volumes of "Kill Bill" and is soon set to make his directorial debut with "The Man with the Iron Fists," which he co-wrote with "Inglorious Basterds" star Eli Roth. Tarantino will be "presenting" the film, which stars Russell Crowe, "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier and "Kill Bill" star Lucy Liu.
RZA has built quite the impressive acting resume over the past couple of years, having appeared in Ridley Scott's "American Gangster," Judd Apatow's "Funny People," Todd Phillips' "Due Date" and Paul Haggis' "The Next Three Days." He recently wrapped "G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation" and will soon be seen in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," opening Nov. 4.
"Django Unchained" will begin production in January with a look toward a Dec. 25, 2012 release date.