By Adam B. Vary
Updated October 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

Quentin Tarantino has cast yet another pop-culture icon of the ’70s and ’80s in what could be a career-reviving role: Miami Vice and Nash Bridges star Don Johnson has joined Tarantino’s slavery-era spaghetti Western Django Unchained as a villainous planation owner named Spencer Bennett, EW has confirmed. (Variety first reported the story.)

Along with rogues played by Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and main baddie Leonardo DiCaprio, Bennett will face off against the eponymous slave-turned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) and his German partner (Christoph Waltz) on Django’s quest to free his captive wife, a role not yet cast.

The film will begin shooting in January.

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