Jamie Foxx is Django Unchained

He was Ray, he was Miami Vice, he was a kick-ass cab driver in Collateral, and an up-coming football player in Any Given Sunday. Now Quentin Tarantino has set his sights on the star to be his Django in Django Unchained. While sources report he has not signed yet, the decision was made and we can already imagine Jamie Foxx as the star of Quentin’s upcoming ‘southern’. Deadline also reports that production is slated to begin in November, with The Weinstein Company producing and distributing domestically (US), while international distribution went to Sony. It was previously reported Sony got the deal as a way to bring Will Smith on board, but we believe this is probably not the explanation.

Django Unchained is set in the ‘old south’ and is about a slave, the titular Django, liberated by a German bounty hunter. He then goes on a quest to liberate his beloved wife from the evil Calvin Candie, a plantage owner who runs wicked slave games…. Christoph Waltz seems set to play the bounty hunter, and Deadline reports that Leonardo DiCaprio signed on earlier this month to play Candle. Sam Jackson is also said to have joined the cast, as Candie’s right hand. For Django’s wife, Broomhilda, a few actresses have auditioned, and beauty Kerry Washington seems to be one of them with quite good chances.

The movie will be mainly filmed “on location” so to speak, in formerly southern states. Location scouting has led Tarantino and his team various places ranging from Atlanta, Georgia to his birth place Knoxville, Tennessee. Stacy Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin are producing the movie, which is scheduled for a christmas 2012 release. It will be executive-produced by the Weinsteins, Michael Shamberg and Jim Skotchdopole. We will bring you more information as it surfaces.

Trick question: There are a number of pages for this movie project on Facebook already. Only one is official, and only one is ours. Go fetch.


Sebastian is the founder and owner of the Tarantino Archives. He lives in Berlin. He also runs the Spaghetti Western Database (SWDb), the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb), Furious Cinema, its German sister Nischenkino and The Robert Rodriguez Archives.

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18 Responses

  1. Brian McInnis says:

    You IDIOT! It’s Calvin CANDIE!

  2. joe d'amato says:

    … it’s exceptional casting.  have read the script and django unchained could be tarantino’s greatest movie yet …

  3. AS says:

    I’m really glad the whole Will Smith thing didn’t work out in the end, much like the whole Adam Sandler thing didn’t work out for Basterds. The movie gods always smile on Quentin in the end and save him from making some poor casting decisions. 

  4. qtwisdom says:

    I read the script. It is amazing! I cannot wait and I am so excited Django is going to be Jamie Foxx and not Will Smith! wooohooo I cannot wait for this masterpiece!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can someone please confirm or deny Denise Milfort is playing Broomhilda?  Credible sources only please.

  6. Why bother calling it Django if he’s changing everything about it?

  7. Goldbik1 says:

    I was excited about the first buzz on “SOMEONE” taking the time to do a “spaghetti western”. Tarantino being a big fan of the genre ( myself included, big fan) seemed logical. Now reading about the story line, the location, and the person playing Django, I did a about face. What happened to Franco Nero?? This does NOT sound like a “spaghetti western” in the traditional sense that made them great to begin with. This sounds like crap! It would seem to me, better thought, better location, and a better storyline would make things more in perspective to the style. As of now…..I can’t get into this junk.

    • Sebastian says:

      nobody ever claimed this would be an old fashioned spaghetti western. and franco nero has always been a rumor born out of a mix up as he is working on an other project…