Idris Elba Takes 'Pacific Rim' As Jamie Foxx Locks 'Django Unchained'
Earlier this month we learned that The Losers and Thor star Idris Elba was a frontrunner to take on a role in Guillermo del Toro's big budget sci-fi flick Pacific Rim. At the time, it wasn't entirely clear what role Elba would take, but now Deadline confirms that the actor has closed his deal to take the lead role that was actually originally developed for Tom Cruise. That makes this the most high profile and biggest role of Elba's career now, and that's good news for the powerful supporting actor. He'll be playing the part of Sensei/Pentecost, a black Briton and commanding officer of Charlie Hunnam‘s character. More below!
With Elba's casting, this also means that he's no longer in the running to take a lead role in Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western Django Unchained. That makes news from Creative Screenwriting's Jeff Goldsmith (via his Twitter) that Jamie Foxx, after being rumored previously, has been chosen to take the role of Django, a freed slave who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself. Then after helping his German mentor, the two team-up to track down Django's slave wife and liberate her from a man named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a charming but ruthless plantation owner that Django must cross in order to get his wife back. Personally, I was a bigger fan of matching Will Smith against DiCaprio, but this could be a great role for Foxx with some real Oscar potential.
Update: Deadline confirms that Jamie Foxx has been chosen for the lead role in Django Unchained and negotiations are expected to begin imminently. He'll be playing Tarantino's Django!