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Jamie Foxx In Talks For Django Unchained
Looks like he's QT's pick...

23 June 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Jamie Foxx In Talks For Django Unchained

So much for Will Smith: Quentin Tarantino has settled on the man he wants to star in Django Unchained and it’s not the Fresh Prince. Nope, now Jamie Foxx is in negotiations for the lead.

Yes, despite spending weeks trying to lure Smith to star in his tale of a freed slave who goes up against a sadistic plantation owner to rescue his long-lost love, only for the actor to pass on snatching the role, the writer/director has been looking down the list of other possible candidates. And while Idris Elba, Terrence Howard and Chris Tucker all took meetings, it seems that Foxx, who has been mentioned before alongside the others, is the man.

Leonardo DiCaprio is already attached to play the villainous Calvin Candie, while Inglourious Basterds’ Christoph Waltz had the role of Django’s friend and mentor, a German bounty hunter named Dr Schultz, written for him. Fellow QT regular Samuel L Jackson will be Candie’s right-hand man, Stephen.

Tarantino hasn’t yet found the actress he wants to play Broomhilda, the love of Django’s life, though Kerry Washington is one of the names under consideration for that part.

And while Variety can claim credit for digging up some of the additional info, the real kudos for breaking the news about QT’s latest choice must go to top podcast interviewer Jeff Goldsmith, who tweeted word on Tuesday afternoon.


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He ought to give it to Don Cheadle. He's cool enough, doesn't try and hog the stage and knows how to work in an ensemble. More

Posted by LSJShez at 14:07 on 25 June 2011 | Report This Post

He ought to give it to Don Cheadle. He's cool enough, doesn't try and hog the stage and knows how to work in an ensemble. More

Posted by LSJShez at 14:07 on 25 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Please no
My problem with knowing the ins and outs of casting decisions is that now everyone is going to compare his performance to what Will Smith's might have been, and we know that he wasn't first choice. More

Posted by swordsandsandals at 20:44 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Too soon to tell.
Too true. Elba was of course, absolutely supreme in The Wire and he deserves as much recognition as possible. You're probablt right in saying the part would be suited to him more but lets be honest, this all pure speculation. As of yet we really have very little idea what the part is. With hindsight pointed towards Tarantino's past work we can only guess. It could've made a huge star of Elba (although I feel that's on its way anyway), but I'm more excited about how it could show us a new side t More

Posted by evildave69 at 14:57 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Too soon to tell.
@evildave69  Perhaps 'discovered' was the wrong word.  I'm not saying Elba hasn't done anything substantial to date, because he has, I just don't think he's as recognized as he should be - because he's a great actor.  Working with Tarantino is the kind of job that I think would really show people what he can do (look what he did with Christoph Waltz).  And yes, I agree that Foxx was very good in Ray (haven't seen The Soloist), but I'm not trying to condemn him.  I'm sur More

Posted by Whistler at 14:39 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

Too soon to tell.
I don't think Elba needs discovering, or rediscovering for that matter. He's an actor who is really on his way up. He'll have plenty of time to work with Tarantino in the future and I can really see it happening. As for Foxx in this part, some may say he's too flashy but he's not going to be playing himself is he. He's an actor for crying out loud. It's his job not to play himself! Or am I stating the obvious? He was really good in Ray and brilliant (not to mention very unflashy) in The Soloist More

Posted by evildave69 at 13:37 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Yeah...
L: Snake-Eyes ...cue Tarantino 'borrowing' yet more music from Ennio Morricone. And then saying it's an 'homage' to spaghetti westerns even though it'll be nothing but a couple of characters waffling s**t to each other. hoa, you really hate Tarantino don't you? More

Posted by Whistler at 10:51 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

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