It looks like Jamie Foxx has emerged the frontrunner for the lead role of Quentin Tarantino's new southern film Dajango Unchained. Will Smith was previously up for the role, but it was a long shot that he would end up taking it. I'm not sure if it's a role that fits his image.
Samuel L. Jackson revealed the news to showbiz411. He also mentioned that Leonardo DiCaprio is definitely signed on for the role of Calvin Candie, the villainous slave owner in the story, who is also the former owner of title character, Django, an escaped slave, which may end up being played by Foxx. Jackson went on to say " that he’s psyched, and that when we hear the whole story and script everyone’s going to go crazy."
I won't lie, I'm not the biggest fan of Fox, but I also can't help but be excited to see what Tarantino has in store for this character, and Foxx could end up being awesome in the film. I love Tarantino's work, and I love what he does with his actors, bringing them into strange interesting settings while playing extremely fun and off-the-wall characters.
The story follows Django (Fox), a freed slave, who, under the protection and care of a German bounty hunter (Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner (DiCaprio). This film also deals with racism and is handled in a way unlike anything we've ever seen in a film before. According to someone that read the script, "it’s a 100 percent pure popcorn and revenge flick, it is pure genius in the way it takes on the evil slave owning south. Think of what he did with the Nazis in Inglorious and you’ll get a sense of what he’s doing with slave owners and slave overseers in this one."
I'm already excited about watching the movie. What are your thoughts on Jamie Foxx taking on the lead role in the film?