In this day and age, the multitude of news sources has extended into social media. While Twitter isn’t necessarily the most solid of places to grab news, the credibility of the tweeter (is that the right word? surely not.) must be taken into account. The script for Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained can be mildly described as controversial. It’s set in the 19th century United States and the lead character is a freed slave. While the role of Django was apparently written for and offered to Will Smith, the ever-image conscious actor seems to have passed and now we’re hearing Jamie Foxx has landed the role. Last night, Jeff Goldsmith tweeted:
“Will Smith is out! Inside sources tell me that Tarantino has chosen Oscar winner @iamjamiefoxx to play Django!”
Now normally this would be taken with a grain of salt, but Goldsmith was also the first to break the news of Leonardo DiCaprio taking on the villain role in the film. While nothing’s confirmed, it could very well be possible that Foxx is now Tarantino’s Django. Hit the jump for more on Django Unchained.
Tarantino’s cast now includes DiCaprio as the villain Calvin Candie, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. The story centers on a freed slave who is taught the tricks of the trade by a German bounty hunter (Waltz) in order to liberate his wife from an evil plantation owner (DiCaprio).
When it looked like Smith might not be so keen to take on the role of Django, a few other names started popping up: Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba and Chris Tucker. Of the three, I think Foxx is a fine choice, though I would love to see Smith take on a role as ballsy as this. The actor hasn’t really done anything surprising or interesting in quite a while, and he’s definitely go the acting chops to pull it off. Furthermore, this sounds like a role that Elba could knock out of the park. Nevertheless, Foxx isn’t a bad alternate.
If this news turns out to be true, and Tarantino has his star, expect more casting news soon as he works to fill out the rest of his cast before production picks up. Django Unchained is set to hit theaters December 25th, 2012.