Posted on 23 June 2011 by Rich Drees
Has Quentin Tarantino found his lead for his next film, Django Unleashed, in Jamie Foxx? It is certainly appearing that way.
Originally, Will Smith was the favored choice for the role of a freed slave who seeks vengeance against a southern plantation owner who still holds the ex-slave’s wife. It now seems that he has passed on the project, with some theorizing that he doesn’t want anything to do with any Weinstein Company production due to their involvement with the Paul Tomas Anderson film The Master, which takes some shots at Scientology.
Idris Elba was also said to be in contention for the role should Smith pass. However, Elba just signed to be the lead in Guillermo Del Toro’s next film Pacfic Rim, leaving the field wide open for Foxx.
It should be noted that the role is not definitely Foxx’s yet. The Hollywood Reporter is quoting sources saying that “no offer has been made and that talks are in a delicate stage since Foxx has concerns about taking on the risky role.”
If Foxx joins the cast, he’ll find himself in the company of Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Posted on 08 June 2011 by Rich Drees
Leonardo DiCaprio is entering into talks to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, the spaghetti-western influenced Django Unleashed. DiCaprio would be playing the villainous Calvin Candie.
According to reports from those who’ve tread the script, Candie is a Mississippi slave owner who owns a club where female slaves are treated as forced into prostitution and male slaves compete in gladiatorial death matches. Freed slave Django squares off against Candie in order to free his wife.
Will Smith is in talks already to play Django, though Deadline states that his participation is not 100% certain. The gossip site is reporting that some other names are quietly being considered including Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker. While Tucker seems to be an odd choice considering he hasn’t been in a film since Rush Hour 3, he did have a small part in Tarantino’s Jackie Brown.
Once again, Tarantino seems to be gathering himself an impressive cast. Already in the cast is Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds co-star Christoph Waltz, who will play a German dentist who helps Django in his quest. Another frequent Tarantino collaborator, Samuel Jackson, is expected to play the role of Candie’s valet who is also charged with keeping the slaves in line.