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The multitalent Jamie Foxx is set to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Tarantino’s newest work which will reportedly reveal the story of a freed slave’s tribulations.
According to US reports, the Oscar-winning actor for his 2005 performance of musician Ray Charles role in Ray, will embody the lead role of an emancipated slave Django who returns to free his wife.
The actor was selected for the role over multiple stars including Idris Elba, Terrence Howard and Chris Tucker. Kerry Washington, who also starred beside Foxx in Ray is in works to play the wife of Foxx’s character. Foxx’s character learns to be a contract killer and ultimately returns to his past plantation to free his wife.
Leonardo DiCaprio is casted as the plantantion’s atrocious owner by the name of Calvin Candie. Additionally, Samuel L. Jackson is set to play a menacing slave named Stephen who fully submits to DiCaprio’s wild character while Christopher Waltz will play a German Bounty hunter who becomes a teacher for Django.
While the film’s title was inspired by Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 western Django, Django Unchained is referred to by Tarantino as “southern”.
In addition to the many actors in connection to the film, Will Smith was the first to be linked to play the role of Django yet it looks as though he turned down the role. This likely could have been in response to the abundant use of the n-word throughout the film’s script.
Nonetheless, with a talented cast set to embody the characters within Tarantino’s intriguing work, Django Unchained is sure to be a film meriting grand appeal and countless viewers.