Cruelty and Kevin Costner don’t typically go together, outside of his serial killer character in Mr. Brooks and the experience of watching The Postman. But the actor who has for so long embodied a certain milk-fed, Midwestern morality may get a chance to be seen in a completely different light in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, where Costner reportedly is in negotiations to join a cast that already includes Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson. According to Deadline, Costner will play Ace Woody, the man who oversees the prostitutes on DiCaprio’s slave ranch and trains the “mandingo” fighters with a sadistic regimen of abuse, murder, and, presumably, the occasional anecdote about his former baseball days.