Jamie Foxx in talks for Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'


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Quentin Tarantino wants Jamie Foxx to play the title character in the director’s upcoming film Django Unchained, according to Deadline. The actor is currently in talks for the lead role. Foxx would play a freed Southern slave attempting to recover his wife in a movie that’s been described as a violent Mississippi-set spaghetti Western. Christoph Waltz, who won a supporting actor Oscar for Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, is expected to play a German bounty hunter who teams up with Foxx’s Django, while Leonardo DiCaprio is circling the role of a nasty plantation owner who wins Django’s wife in a poker game.

Will Smith was previously considered for the title role, but reportedly passed, while Chris Tucker and Idris Elba were also rumored to be in the running. Tarantino, who wrote the script and will direct, is scheduled to start shooting in November. The Weinstein Company will release Django Unchained next year on Christmas Day. Foxx, a best actor Oscar winner for Ray, can next be seen in the July comedy Horrible Bosses.

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  • P

    Anthony Mackie is a much better choice than foxx.

    • Nick

      First, why Jamie Foxx? As a person who has read the script, I feel like he is too old for the part. I wish they did choose Anthony Mackie. He is clearly the better choice.
      Second, don’t feel too bad for Idris Elba. He just got a leading part in Guillermo Del Toro’s new movie ‘Pacific Rim’.

      • Mr. Wiz

        Supposedly Scientology was a factor in Katie Holmes’ decision to leave ‘Factory Girl’, so maybe it played a role in Smith’s decision as well. How many actor’s consider faith when choosing a role? I think Smith considered a lot, surely it wasn’t his only consideration, but I’d love to know if actors ever really base their decisions with faith as a factor. I’m obviously not the only person who sees this role as an ill-fit for the persona Smith has built over the years, but on another tangent, Tarantino should break some new talent. Samuel L. Jackson blew up after ‘Pulp Fiction’, he was always a respected and identifiable actor (sort of a character actor – Jurassic Park etc. – his talent was obvious), but he became a leading man following his work with Tarantino. I want Anthony Mackie (a familiar face) on that ‘Bad A-$-$ Mo Fo’ level. I’d like to see him go from supporting (8 Mile, The Hurt Locker) to lead actor in one movie flat. Jamie Foxx is quite the talent and a solid choice, but really, if Tarrantino wants the magic he made with Samuel L. Jackson, he’d be smart and cast Anthony Mackie without thinking twice. It’s such a good fit based on the premise alone. Anthony Mackie. All the way.

      • @Mr. Wiz

        Having read the screenplay, Mackie is not the right fit for Django. Whilst I am not particularly excited about Foxx, he is better than Mackie

    • anonymous

      How about Andre Royo…
      He was on The Wire and currently on Fringe as Henry the cab driver.

  • Person

    @P Yes! Anthony Mackie was incredible in hurt locker! I’ve been waiting for him to get a good role. He was snubbed for supporting actor Oscar in 2009. Please, QT, make this happen!

  • reel_deal

    Would of rather see Idris Elba, but Foxx is good. Thank God they passed on Chris Tucker

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  • DTO

    Jamie Foxx and Idris Elba are a-okay for this role in my book, though Anthony Mackie would not be bad either. This never seemed like a good fit for Smith anyway, and I find Chris Tucker tiresome.

  • RayT

    What agent let Will Smith pass on a Tarantino film? Nobody wants to see freaking “Men in Black 3: Tommy Lee Jones Needs a Paycheck.”

    • dee123

      He probably couldn’t even do it if he wanted due to the MAJOR hold ups on MIB 3, they’re not even half way done yet.

    • Nicole

      I am pretty sure Will made the decision to pass. He has made himself into a brand and a Taratino movie is a lot of cursing and violence. Will is not going to screw with what works and risk alienating his core audience. I personally think it would be a good idea for him to try something different.

      • mondo182

        Doesn’t he have that Shyamalan movie with his son after this? “Yes” to Shyamalan and “no” to Tarantino? Has Will actually watched these guys movies??? Doesn’t seem like a smart choice. I also can’t get past Foxx’s arrogance in real life. Elba would have been better.

    • JJ

      LOL @ you dumb fanboys. Tarantino hasn’t made a good movie since Pulp Fiction.

      • Jason C.

        You’re a fool JJ! Inglourious Basterds was easily Tarantino’s masterpiece.

      • dee123

        Um…. Jackie Brown & Inglourious Basterds ring a bell?

      • anonymous

        KILL BILL

      • Lauren

        You’re an idiot.

  • Woot

    Ohhh I like the idea of Foxx in this role. Also would like Anthony Mackie… great in The Hurt Locker. Really though, I just want this movie to be made so Tarantino can start making Kill Bill 3.

  • jamiemart

    I was rooting for Idris Elba to be offered this role. He is a fine actor that just needs his big break, but I was excited to see today that he signed on as the lead in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Honestly, I would much rather see him in a role that seems a little more comfortable to watch than Django. But then again, I did sit through an entire Tyler Perry movie just because Elba was the leading man and that was pretty uncomfortable!

  • Jo

    I love QT and this looks awesome. But I can’t wait for him to revisit the world of The Bride.

  • Kevin

    Ugh. Jamie Foxx is my 3rd most hated actor behind Travolta and Nicolas Cage. But, considering what Tarantino did with Travolta, I’ll hold judgment until the film is released.

  • Jon

    Foxx is by far the most boring choice for the role.

  • Helen

    I, too, am not thrilled. Idris Elba or Anthony Mackie would have been far more inspired choices.

    • MCS

      Don’t love the choice, Idris Elba would be good. I think Mackie looks a bit too young for the role. I actually have heard Michael K. Williams thrown around a bit who I think would be good. He has a rough enough look to him, Foxx is too ‘pretty’.

  • TW

    Anthony Mackie would have been a better fit, as it seems Django is supposed to be a young person, but I’m sure Jamie Foxx will be just as good.

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  • mariela

    i really wanted to see will smith do this, but he obviously chickened out. this tarantino movie would mean gory violence, cursing, and racially charged content. it would be WAY out of comfort zone but it would have been awesome to see him challenge himself. and it would have guaranteed huge box office. i figured he might be too scared to mess with his image though. that’s too bad. i hate jamie foxx

  • Miss Talk

    As much as I like Jamie Foxx, watching him in a Tarantino movie will not “surprise” the audience, since we already know about his excentric personnality.
    Idris Elba would be a better choice, since he plays serious roles most of the time. I would love to see him losing it like John Travolta did in Pulp Fiction. Plus, he’s got the look for the part.
    Anthony Mackie is great but he’s not big enough to carry the lead role.
    So I say let’s give Idris Elba the exposure he deserves and let’s see if DiCaprio will finally get the Oscar.

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