Confirmed: DiCaprio in early talks for DJANGO UNCHAINED; Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx, and Chris Tucker (?) in hunt

Joshua Brunsting

June 8th, 2011

Just last week, it was revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio was indeed in talks to star in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and now, thanks to Deadline, that appears to be exactly the case.

The outlet is reporting that DiCaprio is in early talks to star in the role of the villainous slave owner Calvin Candie in the film, which has been described as Tarantino’s attempt at a spaghetti Western, set during the time of slavery.

The report also mentions that Will Smith is unlikely to sign on in the lead role of Django, with names like Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx, and Chris Tucker being tossed around as possible choices. Samuel L. Jackson is also expected to take on a role here, likely the role of Rodney, Candie’s valet.

Personally, this is a bit of an odd bit of news. I’m not shocked about DiCaprio’s involvement nor Jackson’s as both have been assumed, for different reasons. That said, when names like Elba, Foxx, and Tucker are tossed around, it catches one’s eye. While I’m not a huge fan, I think Tucker would be a very Tarantino-esque choice (hell, he's even worked with Tarantino before on JACKIE BROWN), with the most ideal choice obviously being Elba.

At this point, it may be nice to confirm DiCaprio’s involvement, but it just leaves us with an even bigger question. Here’s to hoping we find out who is joining DiCaprio and previously announced co-star Christoph Waltz in this hotly anticipated project.

What do you think?

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