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Will Jamie Foxx take the lead in Django Unchained?

06.14.2011

I'd like Will Smith to let us know if he wants the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED because this is the second time another possible actor has been brought up for the part.

Showbiz 411 is saying that if Smith leaves the project that Jamie Foxx will step up to replace him. There aren't many details on the casting rumor or even where it originated from. The author of the article states that Samuel L. Jackson says he's psyched about the film and that's it.

No mention of Idris Elba either. I guess that mystery part might really be for Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM.

Another thing that is mentioned in the article is that Leonardo is now confirmed for the part of the villain, slave owner Calvin Candie.

Extra Tidbit: Who would you choose? Smith, Foxx, or Elba?
Source: Showbix 411

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12:28AM on 06/15/2011
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7:36PM on 06/14/2011

douchebag

I hope they dont put Jamie Foxx in this, he is such an arrogant douchebag. Please put Elba in this.
I hope they dont put Jamie Foxx in this, he is such an arrogant douchebag. Please put Elba in this.
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8:08PM on 06/14/2011
I agree 100% the guy is a total dickhead.
I agree 100% the guy is a total dickhead.
12:43AM on 06/15/2011
Idris Elba, ideally. But at the same time I'd really like to see Smith do something outside of his comfort zone.
Idris Elba, ideally. But at the same time I'd really like to see Smith do something outside of his comfort zone.
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7:07PM on 06/14/2011
Elba would be my pick.

Jamie Foxx is one of those weird actors that I like in everything his in, he does good work, but I never really get pumped about him being cast.
Elba would be my pick.

Jamie Foxx is one of those weird actors that I like in everything his in, he does good work, but I never really get pumped about him being cast.
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7:02PM on 06/14/2011
Elba hands down!
Elba hands down!
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5:02AM on 06/15/2011
Idris Elba would be way better than either of these guys. Smith and Foxx are fine actors, but neither of them really suit this role. They're big glamourous movie stars, I can't see them getting down and dark and dirty for this.
Even Djimon Hounsou or Michael K Williams would work, in my opinion.
Idris Elba would be way better than either of these guys. Smith and Foxx are fine actors, but neither of them really suit this role. They're big glamourous movie stars, I can't see them getting down and dark and dirty for this.
Even Djimon Hounsou or Michael K Williams would work, in my opinion.
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9:22PM on 06/14/2011
It may be just me, but I CANNOT for the life of me take Jamie Foxx seriously. I know he won an oscar (but so did Tom Hooper), but regardless just something about him feels...wrong when he does something dramatic. Or maybe its because he made a video starring T-Pain, and Ron Howard. Yeah, that's it. GO LEO!
It may be just me, but I CANNOT for the life of me take Jamie Foxx seriously. I know he won an oscar (but so did Tom Hooper), but regardless just something about him feels...wrong when he does something dramatic. Or maybe its because he made a video starring T-Pain, and Ron Howard. Yeah, that's it. GO LEO!
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8:24PM on 06/14/2011
Django starts out as a nobody. Having someone famous play him would just be distracting, so I vote go for Elba - someone less known. Foxx or Smith will just make the character unrelatable. Why not Jacky Ido? He's already worked with Tarantino.
Django starts out as a nobody. Having someone famous play him would just be distracting, so I vote go for Elba - someone less known. Foxx or Smith will just make the character unrelatable. Why not Jacky Ido? He's already worked with Tarantino.
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7:05PM on 06/14/2011

Oh dear Lord, NO!!!

Dear Hollywood, There are more black male actors out there than Smith, Foxx and Washington, you fucking assholes!

Give an up and comer a shot! Give it to Anthony Mackie or somebody!
Dear Hollywood, There are more black male actors out there than Smith, Foxx and Washington, you fucking assholes!

Give an up and comer a shot! Give it to Anthony Mackie or somebody!
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6:25AM on 06/15/2011

Elba or Smith

I read the Sript and my first choice would be Elba because he is not yet an established (movie) actor. A fresh and cool face. My second choice would be Will smith because this role is so controversial and would totally go against the image of Will Smith as Mr. nice guy. I'm sure that Jamie could pull it off too but there would be nothing surprising about it.
I read the Sript and my first choice would be Elba because he is not yet an established (movie) actor. A fresh and cool face. My second choice would be Will smith because this role is so controversial and would totally go against the image of Will Smith as Mr. nice guy. I'm sure that Jamie could pull it off too but there would be nothing surprising about it.
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10:38PM on 06/14/2011
I like Foxx, but Elba would still be my ideal choice for this movie.

He has been great in everything I have seen him in.

And it should be great to see Leo as a villian.
I like Foxx, but Elba would still be my ideal choice for this movie.

He has been great in everything I have seen him in.

And it should be great to see Leo as a villian.
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9:06PM on 06/14/2011

Jamie Foxx is capable of greatness

Anyone who has seen Collateral knows this. However, it seems people would rather compare him to other black comedians (i.e. Will Smith, Chris Rock).
Anyone who has seen Collateral knows this. However, it seems people would rather compare him to other black comedians (i.e. Will Smith, Chris Rock).
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8:08PM on 06/14/2011
Put Denzel in the mix and you got every black actor out there for this role that doesn't require a fat suit. I'd rather Smith but think Idris Elba deserves this role.
Put Denzel in the mix and you got every black actor out there for this role that doesn't require a fat suit. I'd rather Smith but think Idris Elba deserves this role.
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8:03PM on 06/14/2011
All 3 actors are good, so I don't have a preference either way. Besides, Leo being confirmed as the villian is the most interesting piece of news in this story anyway.
All 3 actors are good, so I don't have a preference either way. Besides, Leo being confirmed as the villian is the most interesting piece of news in this story anyway.
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7:12PM on 06/14/2011

Elba

Or Blair Underwood.
Or Blair Underwood.
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7:43PM on 06/14/2011
E to L to the Buhbuhbuhbad Ass! (Elba)
E to L to the Buhbuhbuhbad Ass! (Elba)
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1:56AM on 06/15/2011

Aw Hell Naw

I hate both those guys- they are too popular- gotta go with someone who needs a break, Quentin.
I hate both those guys- they are too popular- gotta go with someone who needs a break, Quentin.
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1:01AM on 06/15/2011

Smith or Elba

I'm fine with either or. Foxx can be great ("RAY", "THE KINGDOM") and can be just plain miss ("BOOTY CALL").
I'm fine with either or. Foxx can be great ("RAY", "THE KINGDOM") and can be just plain miss ("BOOTY CALL").
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12:56AM on 06/15/2011
I'd like to see Will Smith do it since I havent been fond of his roles lately. He needs a little redemption. Or just Bad Boys 3
I'd like to see Will Smith do it since I havent been fond of his roles lately. He needs a little redemption. Or just Bad Boys 3
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8:55PM on 06/14/2011

I would choose

to not watch the film if Jamie Foxx starred in it.
to not watch the film if Jamie Foxx starred in it.
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8:18PM on 06/14/2011
As much as I love Idris Elba, those who have read the script will know Django is described as quite a slim build, Elba is simply packing too much muscle to play him. Someone like Smith or Foxx would be closer but for fucks sake just give Michael K. Williams the part!!!!
As much as I love Idris Elba, those who have read the script will know Django is described as quite a slim build, Elba is simply packing too much muscle to play him. Someone like Smith or Foxx would be closer but for fucks sake just give Michael K. Williams the part!!!!
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11:04AM on 06/15/2011
I loved Jamie Foxx in Collateral. I felt like he should have won for that flick, not Ray, in the year where hye was nominated for both major acting awards. But that was almost 8 years ago. He just comes off as an unlikeable d-bag lately. No thanks.
I loved Jamie Foxx in Collateral. I felt like he should have won for that flick, not Ray, in the year where hye was nominated for both major acting awards. But that was almost 8 years ago. He just comes off as an unlikeable d-bag lately. No thanks.
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9:23AM on 06/15/2011
One of the things that makes a Tarantino flick great is that he writes a great character and gives a smaller-name actor a chance to make it legendary. Just think of what happened to Waltz. I don't think this movie needs big names like Will Smith or Leo DiCaprio (great as he is). But then again, Basterds had Pitt as its first billed. So we'll see. I am either way balls-nuts-excited for this.
One of the things that makes a Tarantino flick great is that he writes a great character and gives a smaller-name actor a chance to make it legendary. Just think of what happened to Waltz. I don't think this movie needs big names like Will Smith or Leo DiCaprio (great as he is). But then again, Basterds had Pitt as its first billed. So we'll see. I am either way balls-nuts-excited for this.
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9:17PM on 06/14/2011
I'd prefer Elba in the role, but I like Jamie Foxx. He's a talented guy and I'm sure he'd do well with it.
I'd prefer Elba in the role, but I like Jamie Foxx. He's a talented guy and I'm sure he'd do well with it.
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8:58PM on 06/14/2011
Michael K Williams bitches!
Michael K Williams bitches!
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8:34PM on 06/14/2011
Next week will be Cris Rock's turn for the role.
Next week will be Cris Rock's turn for the role.
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10:00AM on 06/15/2011

extar tidbit:

terry crews! friggin love that guy.
terry crews! friggin love that guy.
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11:08PM on 06/14/2011

Tracy Morgan?

I hear he may be hurting for parts...But really, I don't care for Jaime Foxx at all, I can't take him seriously either, I hope Elba or Smith takes it over him.
I hear he may be hurting for parts...But really, I don't care for Jaime Foxx at all, I can't take him seriously either, I hope Elba or Smith takes it over him.
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9:12PM on 06/14/2011
Robert Downey Jr ,just to really stir the Shit
Robert Downey Jr ,just to really stir the Shit
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11:51PM on 06/14/2011
Yeah, but it'll take a whole lotta tryin' just to get up that hill. :)
Yeah, but it'll take a whole lotta tryin' just to get up that hill. :)
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7:54PM on 06/14/2011
Jamie Foxx can act but theres something about this role that seems right for Will. Hope Will takes the job.
Jamie Foxx can act but theres something about this role that seems right for Will. Hope Will takes the job.
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5:40PM on 06/15/2011

Oh Jeez

WILL SMITH ALL THE WAY!
he has the chops and it will be such branch out for him.
WILL SMITH ALL THE WAY!
he has the chops and it will be such branch out for him.
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1:01AM on 06/15/2011
honestly its such a hard choice now. id love to see smith step out of his comfort zone for this but foxx would be spectacular in this film as well. i feel smith would be makin a big mistake if he passes.
honestly its such a hard choice now. id love to see smith step out of his comfort zone for this but foxx would be spectacular in this film as well. i feel smith would be makin a big mistake if he passes.
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8:30PM on 06/14/2011
Elba, Foxx and then Smith.
Elba, Foxx and then Smith.
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8:14PM on 06/14/2011
Elba should get this role. Man needs a star making role. Foxx and Smith are average at best. The only time either were good were when they were doing their imitations of real life people (Ali/Ray). Their roles that aren't based on real life people have not been all that good. Elba on the other hand kicks hardcore ass in everything he has done.
Elba should get this role. Man needs a star making role. Foxx and Smith are average at best. The only time either were good were when they were doing their imitations of real life people (Ali/Ray). Their roles that aren't based on real life people have not been all that good. Elba on the other hand kicks hardcore ass in everything he has done.
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7:34PM on 06/14/2011
Foxx is a very good actor. So I think all 3 are good choices.

If I had to pick... maybe Elba. But it would work with Smith and Foxx.
Foxx is a very good actor. So I think all 3 are good choices.

If I had to pick... maybe Elba. But it would work with Smith and Foxx.
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3:45PM on 06/16/2011
I really like Jamie Foxx when he is playing characters that are nothing like 'Jamie Foxx (Collateral, Ray, Jarhead). Django is pretty friggin far from foxx so I can go for this casting.
I really like Jamie Foxx when he is playing characters that are nothing like 'Jamie Foxx (Collateral, Ray, Jarhead). Django is pretty friggin far from foxx so I can go for this casting.
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12:45PM on 06/16/2011
Not up to snuff for the role.
Not up to snuff for the role.
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9:54AM on 06/15/2011
I like Will Smith the best. Idris Elba is probably the best actor of the bunch, but I don't know if this would be against-type enough to cast him. Something Tarantino does very well is he casts actors (at least one or two) who seem improbably choices. DiCaprio is already an example of this. Whatever he ends up with, I'm sure it'll work in the end.
I like Will Smith the best. Idris Elba is probably the best actor of the bunch, but I don't know if this would be against-type enough to cast him. Something Tarantino does very well is he casts actors (at least one or two) who seem improbably choices. DiCaprio is already an example of this. Whatever he ends up with, I'm sure it'll work in the end.
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2:28AM on 06/15/2011

Big Willy

This is crazy. I read this script and the fact that there's ANY actor out there that does not want to play Django is fucking insane. This is the role of a LIFETIME. C'mon Big Willy take a chance and sign on!
This is crazy. I read this script and the fact that there's ANY actor out there that does not want to play Django is fucking insane. This is the role of a LIFETIME. C'mon Big Willy take a chance and sign on!
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2:06AM on 06/15/2011

Seriously Will....

This is your one chance to get back to the top....Don't lose it.
This is your one chance to get back to the top....Don't lose it.
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11:08PM on 06/14/2011
I find him creepy.
I find him creepy.
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2:09AM on 06/15/2011

Not Foxx

He's good at impersonating other people but he has no genuine acting talent.

Here's hoping Elba gets the job...
He's good at impersonating other people but he has no genuine acting talent.

Here's hoping Elba gets the job...
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12:30AM on 06/15/2011

Will Smith?!

"AWWW Hell no!" Just kidding.
"AWWW Hell no!" Just kidding.
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9:36PM on 06/14/2011
Personally Im waiting for cuba gooding jr to be brought up. The dude needs to get his career back on track
Personally Im waiting for cuba gooding jr to be brought up. The dude needs to get his career back on track
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11:09PM on 06/14/2011

i will dance a fucking jig...

...the day that jamie foxx leaves the mortal coil. hope its soon.
...the day that jamie foxx leaves the mortal coil. hope its soon.
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11:27PM on 06/14/2011
Will Smith definitely, he's excellent (watch Ali, Pursuit of Happyness, even Seven Pounds). If not, why not give Eddy Murphy a shot at redemption.
Will Smith definitely, he's excellent (watch Ali, Pursuit of Happyness, even Seven Pounds). If not, why not give Eddy Murphy a shot at redemption.
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11:55PM on 06/14/2011
I do love Eddie Murphy, but he had his shot at redemption with Dreamgirls. Then Norbit happened.
I do love Eddie Murphy, but he had his shot at redemption with Dreamgirls. Then Norbit happened.
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2:27AM on 06/15/2011
Tyler. Perry.
Tyler. Perry.
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