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Kerry Washington lands a lead in Django Unchained

Oct. 26, 2011by: Paul Tassi

No one likes a good leading lady like Quentin Tarantino, and whether it’s Uma Thurman or uh, Uma Thurman, he has created some great female characters over the years.

His latest actress of choice could NOT be Uma Thurman however, as he had to find someone to play the long-suffering slave wife of Jamie Foxx’s Django. He's selected Kerry Washington for the role, and reportedly had his eye on her from the beginning.

She’s not an instantly recognizable African-American actress the way someone like Halle Berry or Zoe Saldana would be (edit: Saldana is Dominican, whoops), but you probably have seen her in one of her many roles across films like THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, RAY, FANTASTIC FOUR or SAVE THE LAST DANCE. That’s the one I knew her best from.

Tarantino reportedly wanted to make a “discovery” in the role. He sort of compromised by choosing a veteran actress, but one who hasn’t been given a part this high profile before. What do you think of his choice?

Extra Tidbit: Washington has part Native American ancestry.
Source: Deadline

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1:17PM on 10/26/2011
I wonder if Tarantino considered putting Uma Thurman in blackface.
Kerry's a great choice. Didn't know she was part Native American. She does look like the Disney Pocahontas.
I wonder if Tarantino considered putting Uma Thurman in blackface.
Kerry's a great choice. Didn't know she was part Native American. She does look like the Disney Pocahontas.
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1:35PM on 10/26/2011
I'm pretty sure Zoe is flattered to be included in the same group as Kerry & Halle but she's not African American. I love Kerry Washington and can't wait to see her in this. Too bad they put her w J Foxx. Ewww!
I'm pretty sure Zoe is flattered to be included in the same group as Kerry & Halle but she's not African American. I love Kerry Washington and can't wait to see her in this. Too bad they put her w J Foxx. Ewww!
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1:55PM on 10/27/2011
Yeaaah, gonna have to disagree w you again Ken. Zoe is half Puerto Rican & half Dominican. I only know because I know her family. Sorry to burst your bubble.
Yeaaah, gonna have to disagree w you again Ken. Zoe is half Puerto Rican & half Dominican. I only know because I know her family. Sorry to burst your bubble.
3:07PM on 10/26/2011
Zoe is indeed African American. She was born in America and her father is of African descent. Zoe has even said it herself.
Zoe is indeed African American. She was born in America and her father is of African descent. Zoe has even said it herself.
1:46PM on 10/26/2011
could be my memory, but they were already together in ray, no?
could be my memory, but they were already together in ray, no?
1:44PM on 10/26/2011
Still would have liked to see will smith in this, but I guess hancock is as risky as he's willing to get. Either way, not a big fan of basterds, but this sounds like it will be good, and think kerry washington is someone that definitely deserves big parts.
Still would have liked to see will smith in this, but I guess hancock is as risky as he's willing to get. Either way, not a big fan of basterds, but this sounds like it will be good, and think kerry washington is someone that definitely deserves big parts.
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2:47PM on 10/26/2011
Definitely would have liked to see Will Smith in this.
Definitely would have liked to see Will Smith in this.
1:55PM on 10/26/2011
I was just watching Jackie Brown last night and got to thinking whether or not Pam Grier would be included in this. I like Washington, I think she's underrated and is a much better actress than Zoe.
I was just watching Jackie Brown last night and got to thinking whether or not Pam Grier would be included in this. I like Washington, I think she's underrated and is a much better actress than Zoe.
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1:56PM on 10/26/2011
she prob has nice feet.
she prob has nice feet.
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4:55PM on 10/26/2011
LoL @ the both of you
LoL @ the both of you
2:21PM on 10/26/2011
ha, 'please send your head shots and foot shots'
ha, 'please send your head shots and foot shots'
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2:03PM on 10/26/2011
Shes very, very hot in Boston Legal. Good actress too.
Shes very, very hot in Boston Legal. Good actress too.
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3:14PM on 10/26/2011
I like this move a lot. While they were great together before, seems like Washington is making a career out of being Jaime Foxx's love interest.
I like this move a lot. While they were great together before, seems like Washington is making a career out of being Jaime Foxx's love interest.
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3:56PM on 10/26/2011
Washington is great choice!! Foxx, not too much. Get Morgan Freeman in there please...
Washington is great choice!! Foxx, not too much. Get Morgan Freeman in there please...
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4:34PM on 10/26/2011
She was fantastic in Mother & Child. I wanted to see it because of Naomi Watts, but Kerry stole the movie.
She was fantastic in Mother & Child. I wanted to see it because of Naomi Watts, but Kerry stole the movie.
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9:46PM on 10/26/2011
This is the best piece of casting news since Costner dropped out.
This is the best piece of casting news since Costner dropped out.
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12:21AM on 10/28/2011
Shes gorgeous. Id watch her in anything...
Shes gorgeous. Id watch her in anything...
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