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Will Smith to star in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained?

05.06.2011

Just days after Quentin Tarantino's new Western script DJANGO UNCHAINED arrived in Hollywood (and the inboxes of many movie website editors), the project is already attracting some significant attention.

Now Heat Vision says A-lister Will Smith is being pursued by the filmmaker for the title role of a freed slave searching for his slave wife in the pre-Civil War South. Nothing has been solidified beyond their mutual interest in working together.

While Smith is certainly capable enough (admittedly, I envisioned someone like Idris Elba), the role would require the actor to get ugly (himself and possibly his image), dealing with some of the more heinous aspects of America's history. Not to mention more N-bombs than all of QT's previous movies combined.

Christoph Waltz is expected to play the German bounty hunter Schultz, who frees Django, trains him in weapons and deception, and accompanies him on his quest to be reunited with his love. (This would make sense, as the role was seemingly written expressly for Waltz.)

Heat Vision says QT regular Samuel L. Jackson is also likely to join as the wise-mouthed Stephen, elder house slave of villain Calvin Candie (also a juicy part for some fortunate actor).

The movie will be distributed domestically by Tarantino's longtime collaborators at Weinstein Co., but the filmmaker is meeting with the big studios looking for someone with money to make it (similar to the INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS arrangement, and the involvement of an actor of Smith's status should make that process easier). QT reportedly wants to start shooting in Louisiana later this year.

Extra Tidbit: While Waltz is perfect for the role of Schultz, after BASTERDS I could also picture Michael Fassbender or even Til Schweiger in the part.
Source: Heat Vision

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10:27PM on 05/08/2011
as long as he isnt eyeing up his way way way less talented children for roles, i'm good! Love Will Smith as an actor, his kids however need to just go the fuck away.
as long as he isnt eyeing up his way way way less talented children for roles, i'm good! Love Will Smith as an actor, his kids however need to just go the fuck away.
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7:56PM on 05/08/2011
I wholeheartedly believe in Tarantino's vision. If he should not get Smith, I hope he gets Anthony mackie. That's the vibe I got.
I wholeheartedly believe in Tarantino's vision. If he should not get Smith, I hope he gets Anthony mackie. That's the vibe I got.
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3:46PM on 05/08/2011

Not Gonna Happen...

This is not a role that fits Smith's carefully crafted career trajectory. No way will he take this. And he shouldn't. Not right for the part...
I like Idris Elba or Anthony Mackie.
This is not a role that fits Smith's carefully crafted career trajectory. No way will he take this. And he shouldn't. Not right for the part...
I like Idris Elba or Anthony Mackie.
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11:24PM on 05/08/2011
How can you say he is not right for the part when Tarantino who wrote and is making the movie wants him for the part?
How can you say he is not right for the part when Tarantino who wrote and is making the movie wants him for the part?
11:51PM on 05/08/2011
Because I've read the script, bud. He ain't right. Relax, he'll be okay.
Because I've read the script, bud. He ain't right. Relax, he'll be okay.
5:31PM on 05/09/2011
you still didn't answer my question, and what do you mean he'll be alright....?
you still didn't answer my question, and what do you mean he'll be alright....?
4:17AM on 05/08/2011
2 words:
CHRIS
TUCKER














....... just kidding.
2 words:
CHRIS
TUCKER














....... just kidding.
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1:44AM on 05/08/2011

Yes, please!

I've been waiting for this moment for a while.
I've been waiting for this moment for a while.
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10:50PM on 05/07/2011
I just hope Smith keeps his kid out of this, If he can manage to do that I can see this being pretty badass. And hey, if he doesn't get this Idris Elba is always available. I'd like to jump on the Chiwetel Ejiofor bandwagon but I have no idea who the hell that is.
I just hope Smith keeps his kid out of this, If he can manage to do that I can see this being pretty badass. And hey, if he doesn't get this Idris Elba is always available. I'd like to jump on the Chiwetel Ejiofor bandwagon but I have no idea who the hell that is.
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10:03PM on 05/07/2011

gotta see it to believe it

b/c in my head, i'm just picturing this movie will turn out something like this:

- do you know why they call me the jew hunter?
- AWWWW HELL NAW!!!

then later

- you can't shoot him! we made a deal!!
- CHING CHING!!
b/c in my head, i'm just picturing this movie will turn out something like this:

- do you know why they call me the jew hunter?
- AWWWW HELL NAW!!!

then later

- you can't shoot him! we made a deal!!
- CHING CHING!!
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9:03PM on 05/07/2011

No

No Will Smith. Its not gonna happen for sure because Will Smith will try to make his movie and QT will want to keep his own vision...because well its HIS movie. Even if he gets th gig QT will fire him
No Will Smith. Its not gonna happen for sure because Will Smith will try to make his movie and QT will want to keep his own vision...because well its HIS movie. Even if he gets th gig QT will fire him
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8:50PM on 05/07/2011
It's too early to speculate, and rumors are very rarely proven to be true.
It's too early to speculate, and rumors are very rarely proven to be true.
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6:22PM on 05/07/2011
Gary Oldman for the villain in DU?

please?

Oldman in a Tarantino movie would be gold
Gary Oldman for the villain in DU?

please?

Oldman in a Tarantino movie would be gold
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12:46PM on 05/08/2011
His performance in true romance was great, Would be nice to see him in another QT-scripted film
His performance in true romance was great, Would be nice to see him in another QT-scripted film
5:06PM on 05/07/2011
For villian Calvin Candie, I suggest Ian McShane. He would be perfect.
For villian Calvin Candie, I suggest Ian McShane. He would be perfect.
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4:06PM on 05/07/2011
World's Greatest Extra for fatboy Scotty Harmony!!!
World's Greatest Extra for fatboy Scotty Harmony!!!
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1:12PM on 05/07/2011
I thought I read a while ago that one of Smith's next films would be with M. Night. If that's the case, he should probably do a good film with QT because there is a good chance that the new M Night film won't be good.
I thought I read a while ago that one of Smith's next films would be with M. Night. If that's the case, he should probably do a good film with QT because there is a good chance that the new M Night film won't be good.
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12:54PM on 05/07/2011
Im pretty sure ideal casting would be Chiwetel Ejiofor but i love smith so if qt thinks he's good, than im all good! I think he can pull it off. Guys probably looking for an oscar.
Im pretty sure ideal casting would be Chiwetel Ejiofor but i love smith so if qt thinks he's good, than im all good! I think he can pull it off. Guys probably looking for an oscar.
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3:44PM on 05/07/2011
To be fair, Chiwetel Ejiofor is ideal casting for pretty much anything.
To be fair, Chiwetel Ejiofor is ideal casting for pretty much anything.
10:27PM on 05/08/2011
True that!
True that!
11:49AM on 05/07/2011

Fantastic!

Looking forward to this. And I hope Will signs up. It'll be a great role for him. And with him attached, QT should be able to get whatever budgit he wants. I still don't understand all the dislike for Will Smith. Oh well.
Looking forward to this. And I hope Will signs up. It'll be a great role for him. And with him attached, QT should be able to get whatever budgit he wants. I still don't understand all the dislike for Will Smith. Oh well.
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11:09AM on 05/07/2011

ANOTHER UPDATE:

I have also been informed that the children will be searching for their mother all the while winning racist people over with song and dance. The new title is Django and Milli's Unchained Melody.
I have also been informed that the children will be searching for their mother all the while winning racist people over with song and dance. The new title is Django and Milli's Unchained Melody.
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11:03AM on 05/07/2011
I usually avoid movies about racism and slavery like the plague (they make me depressed), but Tarantino's take is guaranteed to be awesome. If he thinks Smith is a good fit, I think Smith is a good fit.
I usually avoid movies about racism and slavery like the plague (they make me depressed), but Tarantino's take is guaranteed to be awesome. If he thinks Smith is a good fit, I think Smith is a good fit.
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10:22AM on 05/07/2011
I find it interesting most of the actors people would LIKE to see in this role are all currently enjoying a certain degree of prestige for playing tough roles that Smith hasn't really been known for since "Ali." I think that's missing the greater opportunity that is present here. A chance for Smith to re-establish himself as an actor with a range. If Will Smith signs on, then it'll probably be one of his best roles. I know that "Wild Wild West" picture brings up unpleasant memories for some,
I find it interesting most of the actors people would LIKE to see in this role are all currently enjoying a certain degree of prestige for playing tough roles that Smith hasn't really been known for since "Ali." I think that's missing the greater opportunity that is present here. A chance for Smith to re-establish himself as an actor with a range. If Will Smith signs on, then it'll probably be one of his best roles. I know that "Wild Wild West" picture brings up unpleasant memories for some, and I admit to having trouble picturing Smith in the role. But that's part of why I'm excited for it. True Brad Pitt was less of a stretch as Aldo Raine, but still, when he showed up with that rope scar on his neck and that little mustache, he immediately took his place alongside Jeffrey Goines, Tyler Durden, and Mickey the Pikey.
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9:49AM on 05/07/2011
I agree with pcch7. Maybe even Don Cheadle, Idris Elba, or Tom Hanks.
I agree with pcch7. Maybe even Don Cheadle, Idris Elba, or Tom Hanks.
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9:39AM on 05/07/2011
I want Denzel for this.. or Chiwetel Ejiofor.. I think they´d both be awesome in something like this..
I want Denzel for this.. or Chiwetel Ejiofor.. I think they´d both be awesome in something like this..
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9:34AM on 05/07/2011
At first I wasn't so sure-- I've always liked Will Smith, but sometimes movies he's in tend to change to accommodate his "big star" status. Then I realized that if anyone could stop that from happening, not to mention wring a great performance out of him, it's Tarantino. So this would actually be pretty cool.
At first I wasn't so sure-- I've always liked Will Smith, but sometimes movies he's in tend to change to accommodate his "big star" status. Then I realized that if anyone could stop that from happening, not to mention wring a great performance out of him, it's Tarantino. So this would actually be pretty cool.
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9:19AM on 05/07/2011

UPDATE:

Apparently Will only has interest in a producers role and has asked QT to rewrite the role for his son and daughter to play escaped brother and sister slaves.
Apparently Will only has interest in a producers role and has asked QT to rewrite the role for his son and daughter to play escaped brother and sister slaves.
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9:19AM on 05/07/2011
Will Smith is the male version of Jennifer Aniston...he's just awful and his movies are even worse....Oh and Screw his fans also.
Will Smith is the male version of Jennifer Aniston...he's just awful and his movies are even worse....Oh and Screw his fans also.
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2:58AM on 05/08/2011
Of course a troll has the screen name "Anti"
Of course a troll has the screen name "Anti"
3:14PM on 05/08/2011
It's not being a troll if I tell the truth
It's not being a troll if I tell the truth
8:10AM on 05/07/2011
If any one could make this casting work, it's Tarantino. I am looking forward to this.
If any one could make this casting work, it's Tarantino. I am looking forward to this.
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7:17AM on 05/07/2011

He has two sides

Cocky bad ass (which is most movies he does) and drama. Both sides are good but i think a Tarantino script is the only thing that will gracefully combine the 2, so thats good
Cocky bad ass (which is most movies he does) and drama. Both sides are good but i think a Tarantino script is the only thing that will gracefully combine the 2, so thats good
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5:08AM on 05/07/2011
Omg please will smith do this film. It will be good to step out of your comfort zone and to also have a badass back up film if mib 3 sucks. Hopefully this qorks out will smith is one of my favorite actors and QT is my favorite director.
Omg please will smith do this film. It will be good to step out of your comfort zone and to also have a badass back up film if mib 3 sucks. Hopefully this qorks out will smith is one of my favorite actors and QT is my favorite director.
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4:14AM on 05/07/2011

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Will Smith maybe doing something out of his comfort zone?

Gotta see that to believe it!
Will Smith maybe doing something out of his comfort zone?

Gotta see that to believe it!
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3:21AM on 05/07/2011
My favorite director and one of my favorite actors? YES PLEASE!
My favorite director and one of my favorite actors? YES PLEASE!
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3:20AM on 05/07/2011
Oooh ho ho ho how I want to see this movie already!!!
Oooh ho ho ho how I want to see this movie already!!!
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3:02AM on 05/07/2011
Robert Downey JR back in his black makeup imo
Robert Downey JR back in his black makeup imo
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2:05AM on 05/07/2011

Please let this happen...

Step 1.) See how entertaining a badass Will Smith is even when working for shitty directors like Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich.

Step 2.) Picture Trigger Mike delivering a QT monologue.
Step 1.) See how entertaining a badass Will Smith is even when working for shitty directors like Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich.

Step 2.) Picture Trigger Mike delivering a QT monologue.
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1:39AM on 05/07/2011
I was hoping for Michael K. Williams, but hey, I have faith QT knows what he's doing.
I was hoping for Michael K. Williams, but hey, I have faith QT knows what he's doing.
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1:15AM on 05/07/2011
just finished the script last night. All I'm sayin is that if he gets Will Smith for Django, Smith has some serious work cut out for him and this would be by FAR the grittiest most controversial and best role he's ever played. If Tarantino wants him, then all the power to him. Django Unchained is absolutely fucking amazing btw.
just finished the script last night. All I'm sayin is that if he gets Will Smith for Django, Smith has some serious work cut out for him and this would be by FAR the grittiest most controversial and best role he's ever played. If Tarantino wants him, then all the power to him. Django Unchained is absolutely fucking amazing btw.
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1:10AM on 05/07/2011
I was hoping for an unknown, but Will works really good too. The only problem I've got with it is he seems a bit too old, I pictured someone a lot younger as Django.
I don't agree with Idris Elba as Django. He's constantly referred to as being skinny, and Idris is huge, so it wouldn't go down so well imo. (even though he is an awesome actor)
I was hoping for an unknown, but Will works really good too. The only problem I've got with it is he seems a bit too old, I pictured someone a lot younger as Django.
I don't agree with Idris Elba as Django. He's constantly referred to as being skinny, and Idris is huge, so it wouldn't go down so well imo. (even though he is an awesome actor)
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12:57AM on 05/07/2011
Idris Elba? Now THATS good casting!
Idris Elba? Now THATS good casting!
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12:26AM on 05/07/2011
I just hope the trailers dont hype the hell out of the movie, promising me one thing and deliver something else entirely. I never want to be disappointed in a Tarantino movie again
I just hope the trailers dont hype the hell out of the movie, promising me one thing and deliver something else entirely. I never want to be disappointed in a Tarantino movie again
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12:22AM on 05/07/2011
Fuck yeah! This could be an outstanding partnership.
Fuck yeah! This could be an outstanding partnership.
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12:03AM on 05/07/2011
If Tarantino thinks Smith is the right person for the role, then all I can do is trust him. This is his baby and only he knows what will work. If Pulp Fiction never happened and it was his next movie being released, I'm sure there would be a large negative outcry about John Travolta. How did that work out?
If Tarantino thinks Smith is the right person for the role, then all I can do is trust him. This is his baby and only he knows what will work. If Pulp Fiction never happened and it was his next movie being released, I'm sure there would be a large negative outcry about John Travolta. How did that work out?
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11:58PM on 05/06/2011
This really would be interesting and Will Smith certainly could use this to make people stop hating him. He has been annoying lately with the whole "trying to make his irritating kids famous" thing.
This really would be interesting and Will Smith certainly could use this to make people stop hating him. He has been annoying lately with the whole "trying to make his irritating kids famous" thing.
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11:29PM on 05/06/2011

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Not that I don't think Smith would do bad at the role it's more that I'm completely over him as a movie star. I think Seven Pounds was the final nail in the coffin for me. Fuck that movie.
Not that I don't think Smith would do bad at the role it's more that I'm completely over him as a movie star. I think Seven Pounds was the final nail in the coffin for me. Fuck that movie.
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11:26PM on 05/06/2011
Tarantino is one of my all time favs....And I like Will Smith too....Have always loved him since the Fresh Prince days...Although he isn't a fit in a Qt movie, I trust QT and think this could actually turn out well...
Tarantino is one of my all time favs....And I like Will Smith too....Have always loved him since the Fresh Prince days...Although he isn't a fit in a Qt movie, I trust QT and think this could actually turn out well...
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11:24PM on 05/06/2011
this is interesting! i just read the script, and i kept picturing like denzel, but i think will smith has some range! if will smith can get grimy for this role, its sure to get him an oscar nod
this is interesting! i just read the script, and i kept picturing like denzel, but i think will smith has some range! if will smith can get grimy for this role, its sure to get him an oscar nod
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11:15PM on 05/06/2011
Nothing against Will Smith but I just don't see him fitting in to a Tarantino movie. I think Don Cheadle or Anthony Mackie would be much better choices.
Nothing against Will Smith but I just don't see him fitting in to a Tarantino movie. I think Don Cheadle or Anthony Mackie would be much better choices.
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11:11PM on 05/06/2011

Yeah not liking this at all

I'm a huge Tarantino fan but I really don't like Will Smith that much. PLEASE get someone else.

I like the Idris Elba suggestion though
I'm a huge Tarantino fan but I really don't like Will Smith that much. PLEASE get someone else.

I like the Idris Elba suggestion though
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10:41PM on 05/06/2011
HMMM, this sounds kind of interesting, to see will take on a role where like this a risky role like this might bring something out of him.
HMMM, this sounds kind of interesting, to see will take on a role where like this a risky role like this might bring something out of him.
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10:35PM on 05/06/2011
well this kinda ruins the movie for me!
well this kinda ruins the movie for me!
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10:32PM on 05/06/2011
I hate will smith and everything he's done, but if one guy can get a good performance out of him it would be QT. WILD WILD WEST 2: LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED
I hate will smith and everything he's done, but if one guy can get a good performance out of him it would be QT. WILD WILD WEST 2: LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED
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10:32PM on 05/06/2011
Love Will Smith! He's highly watchable in everything.
Love Will Smith! He's highly watchable in everything.
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