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Casting rumor of the day: Leonardo DiCaprio and Idris Elba in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

05.31.2011

If this casting becomes a reality, consider me beyond stoked for this film.

Tweets are at the center of today's awesome casting rumors, which are both for the same movie, Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED.

First up is Leonardo DiCaprio. The rumor comes from Jeff Goldsmith of Creative Screenwriting who posted this as his status:

"Casting Rumor: Leonardo DiCaprio WILL play villian Calvin Candie in Tarantino’s Django Unchained! QT wanted him for I.B. & now has him!"

The next rumor comes from Idris Elba who tweeted this:

“Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today…meeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part.” Then added this, “I wish I could tell you more but…in due time. On the plane to the destination of my fate…..ok…. a lil dramatic….destination of my life..?”

This rumor takes more of a leap, but what other role could be more controversial? The internet immediately honed in on DJANGO. Maybe the thought of casting Will Smith for the lead role of Django really wasn't a good idea, or perhaps Smith isn't ready for a role like this one. Elba would be the perfect fit for this project. Then again, the actor may be auditioning for a role we have no clue about, but it's nice to think of him in a Tarantino film. My fellow writer, Dave Davis said that he envisioned someone like Elba for the part instead of Smith. Maybe someone was listening...

The plot for the film goes a little something like this, “Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (played by Christoph Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner.” Samuel Jackson is apparently attached to play Calvin Candle's head house slave, Stephen. Candle is the script's main villain. DiCaprio as a villain? Yep. I'm sold.

Extra Tidbit: Tarantino originally wanted DiCaprio for the part of Hans Landa, but would the performance been as memorable? The world will never know.
Source: TwitterIndieWire

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