Jamie Foxx the Latest Rumored for Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'?
There are some big names being thrown around. First it was Will Smith, then Idris Elba, now we hear Jamie Foxx. There's a blurb over on Roger Friedman's Showbiz411 (via The Playlist) saying that Oscar winning actor Jamie Foxx now seems to be the frontrunner for the coveted lead role of Django in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming spaghetti western Django Unchained. It's not set in stone by any means, hence why it's still just "rumored", and apparently he got the news from Samuel L. Jackson at the Tony Awards, but beyond that, it hasn't been confirmed. But this could be a huge opportunity for Foxx if he takes the role.
As we know, Leonardo DiCaprio was just cast (oh and Showbiz adds "DiCaprio is also definitely signed") to play the "white man" villain plantation owner in the film. The story follows a freed slave named Django (the role Foxx, Smith are vying for) who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (which will played by 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 (DiCaprio), who is a charming but ruthless plantation owner that Django must cross in order to get his wife back.
Jamie Foxx has been bouncing all over recently, appearing in comedies like Due Date and Horrible Bosses, as well as smaller roles in Valentine's Day and Law Abiding Citizen. He's supposed to play Lynch in Kane & Lynch, but that has been delayed forever, so maybe this is his chance to come back and take on a major role in a Tarantino flick, which it sounds like DiCaprio is doing himself. The Playlist is saying this is "plausible enough" that Foxx could be a contender, and I wouldn't mind seeing it happen. I want some actor of that caliber to take this role, as that's what Tarantino needs to really push it to the edge. Stay tuned for updates!