First we heard that Leo is on board for the evil plantation owner in Tarantino's new "southern" (slightly different than a "western"), and now we're getting word that Quentin is casting Jamie Foxx for the lead role of Django!
Foxx will play the title role of Django, a freed slave who teams with a German bounty hunter to take on an evil plantation owner in order to retrieve his long-lost love, Broomhilda. Kerry Washington, who played opposite Foxx in "Ray," has met with Tarantino for the latter role; she's one of a handful of contenders in the mix. Leonardo DiCaprio has been set as the sadistic slavemaster Calvin Candie, while Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" star Christoph Waltz will play Django's friend and mentor. Samuel L. Jackson is expected to play Stephen, Candie's right-hand man.
Sounds like a fab cast so far!
The role of Django was originally offered to Will Smith, who apparently turned it down. Probably because it was controversial and could have an effect on his clean image.
The casting for the lead took about a month, and saw auditions from Idris Elba, Terrence Howard and Chris Tucker.
It will be very inneresting to see Jamie in this role, but in the end we think he'll be the right choice. Quentin always nails his casting!
Good luck, Jamie!
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