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Samuel L. Jackson on board for Tarantino's Django Unchained

Sep. 14, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Did you really think that Quentin Tarantino was going to make a move about freed slaves and NOT have Samuel L. Jackson cast in one of the roles?

Well the inevitable has happened as Jackson has joined the cast of the film as Stephen, a house slave and right hand of a nasty slavemaster. I also didn't realize that DiCaprio had officially signed on for the villain role, but it appears that's the case, and also there's Kevin Costner and Christoph Waltz on board with Jamie Foxx as the lead.

A separate report says that Deadwood actor Gerald McRaney has joined the film in some capacity, but nothing is known about his role yet.

This is absolutely shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films next year, and I doubt we're done seeing cast members added to it yet. Jackson involved with more than just a cameo role is amazing, and I can't wait to see him kick some ass onscreen.

Extra Tidbit: I still sort of wish it had worked out with Will Smith as the lead.
Source: Variety

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2:49AM on 09/15/2011
"This is absolutely shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films next year"
Every Tarantino film is (one of) the most anticipated film(s) of the year as soon as it's announced.
At least it is in my book.
"This is absolutely shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films next year"
Every Tarantino film is (one of) the most anticipated film(s) of the year as soon as it's announced.
At least it is in my book.
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6:21PM on 09/14/2011

EXTRA TIDBIT

Me too. I was really hoping to see him try something outside of his comfort zone. Ah well, maybe someday.

Jaime Foxx as Django doesn't excite me the way Smith or Idris Elba in the role would have, but I'm not losing any sleep over it, either. Foxx, despite certain career choices, is a solid actor and Tarantino has a knack for getting some pretty great performances out of his actors
Me too. I was really hoping to see him try something outside of his comfort zone. Ah well, maybe someday.

Jaime Foxx as Django doesn't excite me the way Smith or Idris Elba in the role would have, but I'm not losing any sleep over it, either. Foxx, despite certain career choices, is a solid actor and Tarantino has a knack for getting some pretty great performances out of his actors
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3:05PM on 09/14/2011

awesome news

and i was less than thrilled foxx got the role over some other dudes, but i can't imagine this movie being anything less than amazing
and i was less than thrilled foxx got the role over some other dudes, but i can't imagine this movie being anything less than amazing
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2:17PM on 09/14/2011

Hearst

Gerald McRaney was cast? Awesome. His turn as Hearst on Deadwood ranks as one of the best TV villians ever. Hopefully he'll be playing someone similar.
Gerald McRaney was cast? Awesome. His turn as Hearst on Deadwood ranks as one of the best TV villians ever. Hopefully he'll be playing someone similar.
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3:06PM on 09/14/2011
right you are, Swearengen
right you are, Swearengen
4:23PM on 09/15/2011
i read the script and if he's playing who i think he's playing then he'll be fucking great..I love Deadwood too bytheway
i read the script and if he's playing who i think he's playing then he'll be fucking great..I love Deadwood too bytheway
2:35PM on 09/15/2011
Jamie Foxx has proven he has the acting chops to be great in this role, but I still would've preferred seeing Will Smith or, even better, Idris Elba (The Wire's Stringer Bell and BBC's Luther) in the titular role. Still - with this cast news and the fact that it's Tarantino, what's not to love?
Jamie Foxx has proven he has the acting chops to be great in this role, but I still would've preferred seeing Will Smith or, even better, Idris Elba (The Wire's Stringer Bell and BBC's Luther) in the titular role. Still - with this cast news and the fact that it's Tarantino, what's not to love?
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3:14PM on 09/15/2011

Inglourius Bastids!

SLJ is a welcome addition to Django Unchained, and I think the cast will put on an excellent performance! IMHO.
SLJ is a welcome addition to Django Unchained, and I think the cast will put on an excellent performance! IMHO.
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11:42PM on 09/14/2011

I also don't like Foxx BUT...

...this story def lends itself to the villain stealing the show like in Inglourious Basterds. Leo as a brutal villain 100% will make up for Foxx and then some. Not worried.
...this story def lends itself to the villain stealing the show like in Inglourious Basterds. Leo as a brutal villain 100% will make up for Foxx and then some. Not worried.
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4:25PM on 09/15/2011
i actually think the Dr. Shultz character outshines Django's
i actually think the Dr. Shultz character outshines Django's
5:23PM on 09/14/2011
Great news! I'm glad Jackson has a substantial role and not just a cameo in this. And I'm glad to hear Leo is 100% confirmed too. This movie will be amazing!
Great news! I'm glad Jackson has a substantial role and not just a cameo in this. And I'm glad to hear Leo is 100% confirmed too. This movie will be amazing!
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4:30PM on 09/14/2011

SLJ

This should be great. I'm not sure why everyone is down on Foxx. I thought after RAY people would doubting this guys talent. Will Smith would have been cool too but maybe they were worried seeing him in a cowboy hat would make people think the movie is Wild West 2. Ugh.
This should be great. I'm not sure why everyone is down on Foxx. I thought after RAY people would doubting this guys talent. Will Smith would have been cool too but maybe they were worried seeing him in a cowboy hat would make people think the movie is Wild West 2. Ugh.
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6:22PM on 09/14/2011
Movie sounds awesome & i'm calling it QT wins a best director oscar.
Movie sounds awesome & i'm calling it QT wins a best director oscar.
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1:49PM on 09/14/2011

Jamie Foxx...

... Is going to fu*k this movie up. I've no idea why he keeps getting roles; he's so mediocre. Idris Elba should be Django, dammit!
... Is going to fu*k this movie up. I've no idea why he keeps getting roles; he's so mediocre. Idris Elba should be Django, dammit!
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2:09PM on 09/14/2011
I don't know if he'll totally fuck it up, but it's gonna be a hard sell for me to believe that goofy looking bastard can make a better revenge-seeking badass than Idris.
I don't know if he'll totally fuck it up, but it's gonna be a hard sell for me to believe that goofy looking bastard can make a better revenge-seeking badass than Idris.
3:17PM on 09/14/2011
get over idris elba for fuck sake! im so sick of hearing people cry about this guy! nothing against him, but who ever the fuck tarantino get's will be the right choice. elba wanted to go off and work on that outer rim film or whatever its called. jamie foxx is a good actor. and with QT direction he and everyone else will be nothing short of fantastic in this
get over idris elba for fuck sake! im so sick of hearing people cry about this guy! nothing against him, but who ever the fuck tarantino get's will be the right choice. elba wanted to go off and work on that outer rim film or whatever its called. jamie foxx is a good actor. and with QT direction he and everyone else will be nothing short of fantastic in this
3:52PM on 09/14/2011
If I'm not mistaken, Idris allegedly left because Will Smith started circling it. Jamie Foxx is a pretty decent actor, but this is a instant of questionable casting. If QT's going for the 'John Henry' archtype with Django, then you can imagine why people would be upset when he has to settle for his 3rd choice because of Hollywoods dearth of bankable brick shithouses.
If I'm not mistaken, Idris allegedly left because Will Smith started circling it. Jamie Foxx is a pretty decent actor, but this is a instant of questionable casting. If QT's going for the 'John Henry' archtype with Django, then you can imagine why people would be upset when he has to settle for his 3rd choice because of Hollywoods dearth of bankable brick shithouses.
4:11PM on 09/14/2011
Jamie Foxx is a great actor. Quentin Tarantino can see that, it's why he cast the man. It's you fanboys who can't see it. You guys too stuck on some misconception of what you think Jamie Foxx is, not realizing you have no legitimate reason to dislike him. He's had great roles and has starred in some great movies. The man has talent and you would know that if you would check out some of his movies:
Jarhead
Any Given Sunday
Ray
Collateral
Ali
Jamie Foxx is a great actor. Quentin Tarantino can see that, it's why he cast the man. It's you fanboys who can't see it. You guys too stuck on some misconception of what you think Jamie Foxx is, not realizing you have no legitimate reason to dislike him. He's had great roles and has starred in some great movies. The man has talent and you would know that if you would check out some of his movies:
Jarhead
Any Given Sunday
Ray
Collateral
Ali
6:24PM on 09/14/2011
Someone just can't get past his in living color days
Someone just can't get past his in living color days
4:49PM on 09/14/2011
Jaime Foxx really cripples my anticipation for this movie.
Jaime Foxx really cripples my anticipation for this movie.
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1:30PM on 09/14/2011
Sounds good but I am not seeing another QT movie till he releases Affair
Sounds good but I am not seeing another QT movie till he releases Affair
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3:18PM on 09/14/2011
then you're gonna be waiting a while.. that wont come out till vol 3 is near ready
then you're gonna be waiting a while.. that wont come out till vol 3 is near ready
3:43PM on 09/14/2011
Could possibly 2013 when it comes out; 10th Anniversary of Kill Bill, Vol 1
Could possibly 2013 when it comes out; 10th Anniversary of Kill Bill, Vol 1
5:14PM on 09/14/2011
We all know you will go see this movie whether the whole bloody affair is released or not
We all know you will go see this movie whether the whole bloody affair is released or not
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