Jamie Foxx Confirmed for Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 16:06 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Jamie Foxx Confirmed for Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

Barring any unexpected and calamitous hiccups in the negotiation process, Jamie Foxx will play the title role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.   As has been exhaustively chronicled online, Tarantino first offered the role of the freed slave to International Movie Star® Will Smith, and when it was looking less and less likely that Smith would sign on, the writer-director began meeting with other actors including Foxx, Idris Elba, and Chris Tucker.  Foxx has been the rumored frontrunner for awhile now, and Deadline confirms that Tarantino has made his choice.  Talks with the Oscar winning Jamie Foxx are currently underway.

The film is set in the Civil War era South, where the newly emancipated Django goes on a quest to find and free his wife.  The Spaghetti Western-style tale will naturally be framed as a revenge film, with Django mentored by Dr. Schultz, a German dentist-turned bounty hunter.  When the hero finally finds his wife under the ownership of the sinister Calvin Candie, he must engage in a battle of wills, wits, and violence with Candie and his right hand man, Stephen.

Leonardo DiCaprio will play Candie, whose plantation is referred to as "Candyland" and features slaves subject to prostitution and barbaric gladiatorial matches.  Samuel L. Jackson is likely to play his manservant, the cunning and manipulative Stephen, while Inglorious Basterds star Christoph Waltz is set to appear as Django's liberator and mentor Dr. Schultz. 

Reliable Tarantinto casting news-breaker Jeff Goldsmith tweeted his certainty about Foxx's casting this morning, after having accurately called DiCaprio's involvement weeks ago.  Fellow Django candidate Idris Elba, meanwhile, was announced today as a castmember of Guillermo del Toro's phantasmagoric science fiction epic Pacific Rim.

Jamie Foxx, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray, plays a supporting role as "murder consultant" Motherf**ker Jones in this summer's Horrible Bosses.

So now we apparently know who will play Django in Django Unchained.  The last major role left to be cast is his enslaved wife, but no contenders have yet been made public.  The film is tentatively scheduled to being filming in the American South this autumn for a release some time in 2013, courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

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