Will Smith Said to Be Frontrunner for Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'
Did not see this coming, but I'll be damned if it isn't great news. THR is already reporting casting rumors for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming spaghetti western Django Unchained, which was revealed earlier this week. Apparently Tarantino wants Will Smith to star as Django, a freed slave in the Old South who is trained by a German bounty hunter to save his wife. No official offer has been made and Tarantino is only arranging meetings, but of course this is big, because Will Smith is a guaranteed worldwide box office draw. Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz also circling lead roles, THR says. That's a stellar cast so far.
Seriously, who wouldn't want to see Will Smith and Sam Jackson in a western from Quentin Tarantino?! The news comes from sources in studios who have been told that "Tarantino would like Smith to star in the film." Anne Thompson on indieWIRE comments on the casting, asking: "How much fun will audiences have watching this black hero come into his own, shooting white bad guys on horseback, and angrily paying back years of horror? Are we ready for this movie? It will knock a hole in the culture in more ways than one. And I cannot wait. The script is incendiary." If he actually gets Smith to star in this, it will be huge, but will he agree to something that is not so family friendly? Apparently it is just as violent as Inglorious Basterds.
The role Samuel Jackson is said to be circling is that of the house slave to Monsieur Calvin Candie, a plantation owner and the villain of the film. Jackson's character is apparently a "expert manipulator" and will face off with Django. Not only have I heard great things from those who have been lucky enough to read the script, but even the possibility of seeing Will Smith in a role like this is exhilarating. Maybe I'm just a Tarantino fanboy finally happy to see him reach heights in Hollywood high enough to land Will Smith, or maybe I'm just excited to see Will Smith in something good again, since he hasn't been in a movie since Seven Pounds in 2008. Either way, we'll keep you updated on all the Django Unchained buzz in Hollywood.