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Tarantino Wants Will Smith For Django
Sam Jackson also likely...

07 May 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Looks like Quentin Tarantino’s next project – spaghetti Western tribute Django Unchained – will feature some hefty cinematic talent, as Will Smith is top of the director’s list to star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While there’s no official offer on the table just yet, you’ve got to imagine Smith would jump at the chance to collaborate QT on what is quickly shaping up to be an exciting new project for the writer/director. It’ll likely come down to whether the two can make a deal given Smith’s usual pay quote.

If he does sign, he’ll play the central role of Django, a freed slave who heads out on a mission to reunite with his wife, who is still in servitude. He's accompanied by a German bounty hunter, who trains him up to take on an evil plantation owner.

Hhhm… Someone with experience of playing a German skilled in weaponry and tracking people down and who has worked with Tarantino before? Yes, we can pretty much assume QT wrote that role for Christoph Waltz.

And given their history, it’s perhaps not a surprise that Samuel L Jackson would also be on the director’s phone list, with the actor slotted in to likely play Stephen, a manipulative slave who works for the main villain, Calvin Candie. We're certain he'd jump at the chance, assuming Marvel lets him out of filming Nick Fury cameos for five minutes.

Tarantino is now meeting with various studios to decide who’ll handle the film outside the US. Universal got first dibs, since it distributed Inglourious Basterds, but the field is currently wide open.


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RE: Tarantino Wants Will Smith For Django
Both the above posts respond to mild outrage at the idea of Will Smith appearing in a Tarantino film ('QT's selling out' type reaction) in posts that preceded them, but are now gone. Just saying that for clarity, since as responses to the actual article, the above may seem a little odd More

Posted by jobloffski at 16:58 on 09 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Tarantino Wants Will Smith For Django
1) The casting isn't official 2) Tarantino has a history of casting against type and getting unexpected kinds of performance 3) Smith has played outside his main schtick several times and done so pretty well 4) Why should a director choose NOT to cast a box office draw in a film he makes if he gets a chance to get a proven bankable name into his film with proven 'edginess' among his skills? 5) Actors relish the chance to prove their detractors wrong 6) is the number that comes after 5 More

Posted by jobloffski at 23:26 on 08 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Unusual
Methinks like casting Brad Pitt in the lead role of INGLORIOUS BASTERDS(a part originally intended for Michael Madsen) Tarantino still realises that after the failure of GRINDHOUSE in these creatively safe times he must at least make one compromise if he is to continue making the movies he wants to make. More

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