Kerry Washington Confirmed for Female Lead in 'Django Unchained'

October 26, 2011

Kerry Washington

After the Ray and Last King of Scotland actress was rumored to take the lead female role in Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming film Django Unchained, Deadline confirms Kerry Washington will play Broomhilda, the suffering slave wife of the title character played by Jamie Foxx. The story follows a freed slave named Django who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), becomes a deadly bounty hunter himself. After helping his German mentor, the two team-up to track down Broomhilda and finally liberate her from the villainous plantation owner Calvin Candie played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The journey to track down Broomhilda take Django to a variety of "unsavory places" and essentially drive the entire film which culminates at Candle's Candyland ranch. Apparently Washington had long been desired for the role, but Tarantino was also interested in potentially finding an unknown talent to take the role. However, after a long casting search that didn't turn up anyone promising enough for the part, he decided Washington was definitely the best bet. This will certainly be one of the most high profile roles the actress has taken, and the biggest role she's landed since Lakeview Terrace opposite Samuel L. Jackson, who coincidentally enough, also has a role in this western along with Kurt Russell, Don Johnson and more.

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  • Seems like a good choice. Can't wait to see some footage / shots of these people in character.
  • Anonymous
    Way to go Kerry!
  • Voice of Reason
    Definetly a good addition. Im still not 100% sold on Motherfucker Jones as Django, but I do trust Quentin.
  • Teuta
    From the cast alone, this looks like it will make a billion dollars!
  • Crockett
    Took awhile but it's good that Tarantino finally settled on her.
  • VVS
    Sort of the obvious choice. 
  • Blue Silver
    I still hope Russell gets plenty of screen time and gets a meaty role!!!




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