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Readers Blog: Schmoo On The Movies

Jamie Foxx IS Django IN Tarantino's Django Unchained

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The rumor mill has been swirling for a while as to who would be playing the lead character in Quentin Tarantino's next film - a self-described "Southern" called Django Unchained. Two names were prevalently mentioned: one being Will Smith and the other being Idris Elba. Smith was an awful choice and I think almost everyone who loves films breathed a hefty sigh of relief when his negotiations fell through. Elba was a heavy fan-favorite for the role, but he never entered serious talks. I feel like Foxx is a nice middle-ground. He's a big name (bigger than Elba for now), but less annoying than Smith and a better fit for something that likely won't fit the status quo.

Foxx will play the title character, a freed slave who becomes a hired killer en route to saving his wife from an evil plantation owner. Christoph Waltz will again collaborate with Tarantino in the part of a German bounty hunter who trains Django in the art of killing. In a bit of inspired casting, Leonardo DiCaprio is likely for the role of the evil plantation owner, Calvin Candie, with Samuel L. Jackson reportedly signed on to play his manservant.

It all sounds like a lot of fun. The film opens everywhere Christmas 2012.

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