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Leonardo DiCaprio in early talks to play the villain in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

06.08.2011

In what could turn out to be incredibly intriguing casting, superstar Leonardo DiCaprio (INCEPTION) is said to be entering official talks for the role of villain 'Calvin Candie' in Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED.

According to Deadline, it seems that A-lister DiCaprio's potential involvement in the project is much more likely than that of A-lister Will Smith (MEN IN BLACK III), Tarantino's initial lead candidate for the film's title role. As Mike Fleming puts it, "The courtship of Smith for the role of Django has gone on for so long that I'm persuaded it has become a long shot. At this point, I've heard alternative names that include Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker." While my gut has been screaming out "Stringer F*cking Bell!" from the get-go, the idea of two Hollywood A-list superstars going head-to-head at the direction of Quentin Tarantino is just too damn intriguing to dismiss. Unfortunately, if the rumblings at Deadline are true, then we probably won't be seeing that sort of pairing.

Meanwhile, as has been previously rumored, perennial QT motherf*cker Samuel L. Jackson is expected to star in the film as well, playing the role of 'Stephen', valet to Calvin Candie who helps keep slaves in line at the villain's residence. Also, Christoph Waltz is once again said to be likely playing the film's German dentist-turned-bounty hunter who teaches Django the art of asskickery.

Nothing has yet been written in stone (and even if was... remember back when Warren Beatty was originally going to play 'Bill' in KILL BILL?) but the casting talk is interesting nevertheless, particularly in regards to the names now being tossed around for the title role. Weigh in below and let us know what you think!
Extra Tidbit: Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker huh? Along with Will Smith, these are all guys with comedic backgrounds...
Source: Deadline

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5:16PM on 06/09/2011

and I was like "LEO!"

Who are these people picking these unlikely actors for casting news? Chris Tucker? Really. It's almost as bad as the Cher as Catwoman drivel that was going around for Dark Knight.
Who are these people picking these unlikely actors for casting news? Chris Tucker? Really. It's almost as bad as the Cher as Catwoman drivel that was going around for Dark Knight.
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8:40PM on 06/08/2011
Though he has never played an outright villain, some of his characters have certainly had some very dark undercurrents. I think he'll pull it off beautifully and it'll be interesting seeing him play something totally different than what he's done before. I look forward to seeing it.
Though he has never played an outright villain, some of his characters have certainly had some very dark undercurrents. I think he'll pull it off beautifully and it'll be interesting seeing him play something totally different than what he's done before. I look forward to seeing it.
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7:34PM on 06/08/2011
Scorsese made DiCaprio a badass. Lets see what QT gets out of him.
Scorsese made DiCaprio a badass. Lets see what QT gets out of him.
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3:05PM on 06/08/2011
I just finished reading the script (and I'm at work, oh well) and WOW. Absolutely fanstastic and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen.

As for Leo, I didn't picture him while reading it, and still unsure if he could pull it off. As for Will Smith, he is too large/muscular in my mind to be Django. Sam Jackson will be perfect, as will Waltz.

BUT...I trust QT when it comes to casting and getting great performances from his actors.
I just finished reading the script (and I'm at work, oh well) and WOW. Absolutely fanstastic and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen.

As for Leo, I didn't picture him while reading it, and still unsure if he could pull it off. As for Will Smith, he is too large/muscular in my mind to be Django. Sam Jackson will be perfect, as will Waltz.

BUT...I trust QT when it comes to casting and getting great performances from his actors.
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3:02PM on 06/08/2011

@DarkKnight81

Tom Hanks plays himself in every role and he's swimming in awards like Scrooge McDuck.
Tom Hanks plays himself in every role and he's swimming in awards like Scrooge McDuck.
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1:38PM on 06/08/2011
I'm not a huge DiCaprio fan because I think he plays the same guy in every movie. But I'd be interested to see what QT could do with Leo since he has a tendency to bring out the best in actors.
I'm not a huge DiCaprio fan because I think he plays the same guy in every movie. But I'd be interested to see what QT could do with Leo since he has a tendency to bring out the best in actors.
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2:59PM on 06/08/2011
Watch the Aviator
Watch the Aviator
1:27PM on 06/08/2011
Djimon Hounsou?? Maybe he is too obvious but i think he'd be perfect for this.
Djimon Hounsou?? Maybe he is too obvious but i think he'd be perfect for this.
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12:16PM on 06/08/2011

ISAIAH MUSTAFAH

Anybody else think that the Old Spice commercial guy should be at least auditioned for the role?
Anybody else think that the Old Spice commercial guy should be at least auditioned for the role?
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11:01AM on 06/08/2011
This sounds amazing. But... Chris Tucker. Seriously? Now THAT would be unfortunate.
This sounds amazing. But... Chris Tucker. Seriously? Now THAT would be unfortunate.
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3:00PM on 06/08/2011
Yep. Glad he got killed right away in Jackie Brown.
Yep. Glad he got killed right away in Jackie Brown.
8:49AM on 06/09/2011
"And you know this!... mannnn!" ....

Chris Tucker is funny, but yeah, I'd rather see Will Smith or Idris.
"And you know this!... mannnn!" ....

Chris Tucker is funny, but yeah, I'd rather see Will Smith or Idris.
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10:25AM on 06/08/2011
The script is so ridiculously, awesomely hardcore (took me forever to find it). I can not wait to see this on the screen. I also can't wait for the kneejerks (of all colors) to rail against it like the art-hating fatheads that they are.
The script is so ridiculously, awesomely hardcore (took me forever to find it). I can not wait to see this on the screen. I also can't wait for the kneejerks (of all colors) to rail against it like the art-hating fatheads that they are.
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9:42AM on 06/08/2011

I want Will Smith to do this.

Mostly because I'm probably the only person here who thinks the dude can act, and if anything he should redeem his Western status after Wild Wild West. (Which is such a guilty pleasure of mine, especially the theme song which I got the DJ to play at my Senior Prom)
Mostly because I'm probably the only person here who thinks the dude can act, and if anything he should redeem his Western status after Wild Wild West. (Which is such a guilty pleasure of mine, especially the theme song which I got the DJ to play at my Senior Prom)
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10:01AM on 06/08/2011
Please tell me somebody dropped a bucket of pig's blood on your turntable.
Please tell me somebody dropped a bucket of pig's blood on your turntable.
1:28PM on 06/08/2011
I agree man. Im a huge smith fan and think he needs to get back in some great movies.
I agree man. Im a huge smith fan and think he needs to get back in some great movies.
8:25AM on 06/08/2011

Jesus....

DiCaprio as the villain, Jackson as the man who keeps his slaves in line and Waltz as a German dentist turned bounty hunter? Love you Quentin!

Idris Elba for the win!
DiCaprio as the villain, Jackson as the man who keeps his slaves in line and Waltz as a German dentist turned bounty hunter? Love you Quentin!

Idris Elba for the win!
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7:27AM on 06/08/2011

Read the script

It's fuckin awesome. Pretty hardcore stuff... Can't wait for the movie
It's fuckin awesome. Pretty hardcore stuff... Can't wait for the movie
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9:31AM on 06/08/2011
I'm dying to read the script. Can you point in the right direction??
I'm dying to read the script. Can you point in the right direction??
9:38AM on 06/08/2011
Maybe you can find it here:
[link]
Maybe you can find it here:
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11:06AM on 06/08/2011
Many thanks...
Many thanks...
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