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Jonah Hill will appear in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

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After previously missing out on a role due to a scheduling conflict, a change in circumstances will now allow Jonah Hill to appear in Django Unchained .

According to Deadline 's report, Hill won't play the same character he was originally earmarked, that being one Scotty Harmony, a young man who is gifted Django's slave wife Broomhilda.

It's not yet known who he'll play, but given the revolving-door nature of Django 's cast (Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen have all walked away from the project), there's obviously a suitable opening for him in there.

If it were being directed by anyone other than Quentin Tarantino, we'd possibly be getting worried about 11th-hour casting notices like this, but judging from the Django Unchained footage we've seen so far , there's no need to feel nervous.

Hill's career is spiking to an insane peak: earlier this year he had one of the biggest comedy hits of his career in 21 Jump Street , and he'll soon shoot The Wolf Of Wall Street with Martin Scorsese.

After an uncharacteristically reserved turn in Moneyball (in which he held his own against an on-form Brad Pitt), it's pleasing to see him balancing the comedies and dramas.

Django Unchained opens in the UK in the UK on 18 January 2013, after a Christmas day bow in the States.

Matt Maytum
Matt Maytum

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.