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Jamie Foxx the Latest Rumored for Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'?

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June 14, 2011
Source: Showbiz411

Jamie Foxx

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!

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  • http://www.the72pins.com Matt
    I'd prefer Smith over Foxx, but whoever Tarantino goes with, I'm sure they'll be great. And I can't wait to see DiCaprio in that villainous role. I can definitely picture him in there after reading the script.
    • jah p
      Where did you read the script Matt?Will they freakin' hire somebody already!!!I think Foxx and Smith would be perfect for this role! But Tarantino has to put Ving Rhames somewhere in this movie!
      • http://www.the72pins.com Matt
        it's probably long gone (or at least really hard to find) now, but all I can say is this movie will be incredible, at least as good if not better than Basterds. Tarantino should think about just putting his scripts up as ebooks in advance (although I'm sure the studios would hate this) cause reading them beforehand really doesn't hurt the movie at all. If nothing else, it just made me 10x more excited to see it, and the same happened with Basterds. I cannot wait until we see some footage of this one!
  • Anonymous
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  • Harm
    I think Idris Elba - while a lesser known name - would bring an awesome intensity to this movie.  Foxx and Smith would of course be good - as they are great actors - but man I'd love to see Elba come alive in this.
    • Blue Silver
      Me, too. I think it's Elba's time to shine in his own starring vehicle! The thought of Will Smith bringing his annoying kid along and the horrifying thought of Jamie Foxx imitating Ray Charles  (for the 'umpteenth' time). make me long for a lesser known, high caliber actor who is ready to shine! I think it's Idris Elba's time to step up!! 
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9emWB_rrMt0 Crapola
    What happened to Jamie Foxx? He doesn't seem to have done much for a while, I know he had a singing career of sorts. He's a good actor though.
  • BlueElba
    Will and Jamie have already proved to us how great of an actor they are {Pursuit of Happiness, Ray Charles, 7 Pounds} Its definitely Idris' turn; I feel if he got this role, this would put him on the map against great black male actors as Wil Smith, Forrest Whitaker, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx.....Idris Elba for Django!
  • lando
    I think being directed by tarantino is a career changer for any actor..even for actors like foxx or smith! Tarantino changes the way actors do their work and usually brings out something we may have never seen in them before. whoever is chosen will do a great job.
  • Lamar
     Foxx hasn't really been the same since Collateral which is favorite movie he is in, but this could be a good role for him. Personally I'd rather have Will Smith or Idris Elba; Smith because he's one of the best, and Elba because he's a great actor (Luther) who deserves an spot in the A-list. I have confidence whoever Tarantino picks.
  • mdfaraone
    Foxx SUCKS for this role, he is the most over-used black actor in hollywood now, he's too damn old (43) , Tucker would have been a much better choice, or another unkown up-and-comer. Whatever happened to Tarantino casting quirky unusual actors in unlikely roles. Jeez, you would think Hollywoods black actor rolodex only contains four names.
  • mdfaraone
    Foxx SUCKS for this role, he is the most over-used black actor in hollywood now, he's too damn old (43) , Tucker would have been a much better choice, or another unkown up-and-comer. Whatever happened to Tarantino casting quirky unusual actors in unlikely roles. Jeez, you would think Hollywoods black actor rolodex only contains four names.

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