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Is Will Smith the frontrunner for Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED? (Probably.)

Kate Erbland

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May 6th, 2011

Lately, I've been burnt out by "casting rumors" and "frontrunner chatter" and other news that is "not news because it's not really true," but I'm willing to throw all of that out the window when it comes to casting blather that's actually interesting and likely to come to fruition.

The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Will Smith "has emerged as the frontrunner to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, DJANGO UNCHAINED." The film is QT's long-talked about spaghetti Western that the auteur only very recently (like, last week) finished penning. The film centers on "a slave in the Old South who teams with a German bounty hunter to search for his wife."

The film will be distributed by the Weinstein Company, and Tarantino is currently looking for international distribution through a big name studio. In taking meetings with those various studios, Tarantino is expected to put forth Smith as his first choice for the lead. Of course, it's important to note that "no official offer has been made to Smith, and any deal would of course be subject to working out financials." It's also been reported that Smith's "people" have the script, but it is unknown whether or not the actor has read it. Honestly, if this was not really interesting chatter about a solid choice for a film I can't wait to see, I'd feel bad about reporting on "people" and "reports." But it's Tarantino! And Smith!

The report always holds that Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are looking at "key parts." Duh. There are mixed reports round-the-'net that Tarantino wrote the bounty hunter role for Leonardo DiCaprio, who then turned it down, forcing QT to re-write for Waltz. However it happened, it sounds like a fine fit to me.

Tarantino is looking to film this fall in the South, possibly Louisiana. Expect casting chatter to only continue to heat up to unbearable levels in the coming weeks.

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