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

May. 31, 2011by: Niki Stephens

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 Tarantinos 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 todaymeeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part. Then added this, I wish I could tell you more butin 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.
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6:54PM on 05/31/2011
Tarantino - quite possibly the greatest director of our generation. Dicaprio - quite possibly the greatest actor of our generation. Y.E.S.
Tarantino - quite possibly the greatest director of our generation. Dicaprio - quite possibly the greatest actor of our generation. Y.E.S.
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7:39PM on 05/31/2011

Dicaprio

Diacaprio as a villan is long awaited, he will play the part very well. Lets hope this is fact and not rumour
Diacaprio as a villan is long awaited, he will play the part very well. Lets hope this is fact and not rumour
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6:51PM on 05/31/2011
I was excited at the prospect of Will Smith because I like him but he usually plays it pretty safe. But on the other hand Elba would be better
I was excited at the prospect of Will Smith because I like him but he usually plays it pretty safe. But on the other hand Elba would be better
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6:33PM on 05/31/2011

Perfect

This is perfect casting.
This is perfect casting.
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7:28PM on 05/31/2011
I've been waiting for Leo to play a villian, and there's no better place to do it than a Tarantino movie. Of course, Elba is a welcome addition to any film.
I've been waiting for Leo to play a villian, and there's no better place to do it than a Tarantino movie. Of course, Elba is a welcome addition to any film.
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6:49PM on 05/31/2011
Please, please, PLEASE! Make it happen!!!
Please, please, PLEASE! Make it happen!!!
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7:44PM on 05/31/2011
About time Dicaprio played an evil mother. Elba will be good whatever role he gets. As for the extra tidbit, I can't see leo doing the 4 languages thing, but he would have been at the very least interesting.
About time Dicaprio played an evil mother. Elba will be good whatever role he gets. As for the extra tidbit, I can't see leo doing the 4 languages thing, but he would have been at the very least interesting.
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7:17PM on 05/31/2011

Cool

Im so glad Quentin is back im sure this will be his best film in years hes not going to fuck this up and the casting has been cool so far, I liked Elba in Thor he was awesome
Im so glad Quentin is back im sure this will be his best film in years hes not going to fuck this up and the casting has been cool so far, I liked Elba in Thor he was awesome
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11:48PM on 05/31/2011
Elba as a badass ex-slave gunslinger? Leo as a southern slave owning villain? count me the fuck in!
Elba as a badass ex-slave gunslinger? Leo as a southern slave owning villain? count me the fuck in!
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9:24PM on 05/31/2011

Fuck. Yes.

I smell another masterpiece.
I smell another masterpiece.
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9:27PM on 05/31/2011

Leo + Tarantino = Best Movie Ever

I said the same for Pitt with IB and I was almost right
I said the same for Pitt with IB and I was almost right
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10:35PM on 05/31/2011
I'll be so pissed if this turns out to be just a rumor...it isn't fair to be taunted with such AWESOME only to have it be complete BS
I'll be so pissed if this turns out to be just a rumor...it isn't fair to be taunted with such AWESOME only to have it be complete BS
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3:47AM on 06/01/2011
This is shaping up to be my most eagerly awaited movie. Just don't let the trailers give us the wrong idea like it did for Basterds. Otherwise you've got my ass in the seat opening night.
This is shaping up to be my most eagerly awaited movie. Just don't let the trailers give us the wrong idea like it did for Basterds. Otherwise you've got my ass in the seat opening night.
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1:12AM on 06/01/2011
Read the script as well and they definitely fit the part. Can't wait to see Dicaprio as a villain, it's gonna be epic. Once this is finalized I'm definitely hitting the script again with them in mind.
Read the script as well and they definitely fit the part. Can't wait to see Dicaprio as a villain, it's gonna be epic. Once this is finalized I'm definitely hitting the script again with them in mind.
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11:51PM on 05/31/2011
I have read this script, both parts are perfect for these actors.
I have read this script, both parts are perfect for these actors.
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8:48PM on 05/31/2011
Loved Elba in Thor and I've always been a fan of DiCaprio, so this news excites me!
Loved Elba in Thor and I've always been a fan of DiCaprio, so this news excites me!
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8:31PM on 05/31/2011

So happy to see that Elba's ship is finally coming in.

Huge congrats if Elba gets the role. I wish he was the current Bond, but hey Daniel Craig is a great actor. But Bond aside, so glad to hear this news.
Huge congrats if Elba gets the role. I wish he was the current Bond, but hey Daniel Craig is a great actor. But Bond aside, so glad to hear this news.
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4:12PM on 06/01/2011
The world knows. Christoph Waltz owned that role.
The world knows. Christoph Waltz owned that role.
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7:55PM on 06/01/2011
You got that right.
You got that right.
12:56PM on 06/01/2011
Stringer Bell as the hero of a QT spaghetti western? DiCaprio as the bad guy? Waltz as a good guy?

Thats such an awesome possibility I can't even think of something clever to write for 'thumbs up.'
Stringer Bell as the hero of a QT spaghetti western? DiCaprio as the bad guy? Waltz as a good guy?

Thats such an awesome possibility I can't even think of something clever to write for 'thumbs up.'
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3:38AM on 06/01/2011

Awesome

Great news even though it would have been interesting to see Will Smith in a controversial role.
Can't wait for this flick!
Great news even though it would have been interesting to see Will Smith in a controversial role.
Can't wait for this flick!
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1:31PM on 06/02/2011

just read the script

this is going to be TOUGH material for whoever does it. Maybe too tough for a golden boy like Mr. Smith.

honestly I do not know who will be angrier with this film... white people or black people.... but screw the reactionaries, that screenplay is pretty awesome.
this is going to be TOUGH material for whoever does it. Maybe too tough for a golden boy like Mr. Smith.

honestly I do not know who will be angrier with this film... white people or black people.... but screw the reactionaries, that screenplay is pretty awesome.
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1:53AM on 06/02/2011

plus...

DiCaprio will be filming Gatsby at the same time Django is slotted to shoot. Not gonna happen...
DiCaprio will be filming Gatsby at the same time Django is slotted to shoot. Not gonna happen...
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1:51AM on 06/02/2011

Candyland

The villain is named Candie, not Candle. Kinda crucial because his psycho estate is called Candyland.

How about some research, guys?
The villain is named Candie, not Candle. Kinda crucial because his psycho estate is called Candyland.

How about some research, guys?
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4:00PM on 06/01/2011
Remember guys, Will Smith "died". There is no world where these three working together could be bad.
Remember guys, Will Smith "died". There is no world where these three working together could be bad.
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1:42PM on 06/01/2011
Well this could ONLY be a good thing, if it proved to be true. There are two actors that I would love to see in a Tarantino movie.

As for the extra tidbit... as great as DiCaprio is, I doubt he would have done with the role was Christoph Waltz did. Things worked out well.

Now I'm just crossing my fingers that these rumors prove to be true...
Well this could ONLY be a good thing, if it proved to be true. There are two actors that I would love to see in a Tarantino movie.

As for the extra tidbit... as great as DiCaprio is, I doubt he would have done with the role was Christoph Waltz did. Things worked out well.

Now I'm just crossing my fingers that these rumors prove to be true...
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10:38AM on 06/01/2011
Will Smith. Terrific Actor, Not So Terrific Person.
Will Smith. Terrific Actor, Not So Terrific Person.
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11:44PM on 05/31/2011
This would be the greatest casting ever.
This would be the greatest casting ever.
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8:23AM on 06/01/2011
Dude.... You just can't win can you. ( shakes head)
Dude.... You just can't win can you. ( shakes head)
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6:22AM on 06/01/2011
sorry, but i kind of want to see will smith as the star. he needs a new legitimate movie under his belt (his last few have been questionable). and i really wonder what dynamic will smith + qt would be like.

elba is cool tho, maybe he's in another part? or maybe his "controversial role" is as a norse god... o wait....
sorry, but i kind of want to see will smith as the star. he needs a new legitimate movie under his belt (his last few have been questionable). and i really wonder what dynamic will smith + qt would be like.

elba is cool tho, maybe he's in another part? or maybe his "controversial role" is as a norse god... o wait....
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