Quentin Tarantino to Film Small Role in New Italian Spaghetti Western (Report)

Eric J. Lyman
The Hollywood Reporter
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ROME – Veteran Italian director Enzo G. Castellari, one of the last of the original Spaghetti Western helmers still working, says he has a new project planned and that Quentin Tarantino has promised to make a cameo appearance in the film.

The film, to be called Badlanders, will also include a small role for Franco Nero, whose 1966 portrayal of the brooding protagonist in Sergio Corbucci’s Spaghetti Western classic Django was the inspiration for Tarantino’s blockbuster Django Unchained.

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“We’re starting to make westerns again, and Tarantino promised me he’d take a small role in the film,” the 74-year-old Castellari told Italian journalists, according to the Turin-based daily La Stampa.

In an interview, Castellari -- best known for his 1976 western Keoma, which starred Nero in the main role -- said Tarantino’s film has helped revive the Italian-style genre.

There’s no word yet about the story line for Badlanders.

Tarantino's agent did not immediately respond to THR's request for comment.