Leonardo DiCaprio In Talks for Villainous Role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

LeonardoDiCaprioOld225.jpgQuentin Tarantino really thinks Leonardo DiCaprio can play the bad guy. The Sidney Poitier-loving director initially wanted to cast DiCaprio as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds back in 2008, but no deal could be reached; Tarantino went with Christoph Waltz for the eventual Oscar-winning role. Now, the director and star are talking again about another villainous scourge: the slave owning Calvin Candie in Tarantino's Django Unchained.

Deadline reports that discussions with DiCaprio to take the role are in very early stages, meaning it's certainly possible that Unchained will go the way of Basterds -- i.e., with DiCaprio not starring. Still, if a deal can be reached, the film would present a very different opportunity for the star compared with the nominally heroic roles of his recent past.

In the recently finished Tarantino script, Candie is the "charming but ruthless proprietor of Candyland, a despicable club in Mississippi where female slaves are exploited as sex objects and males are pitted against each other in 'mandingo' style death matches." Django -- the film's titular protagonist -- must get through Candie in order to reclaim his kidnapped wife.

As for who will play Django, previously rumored A-lister Will Smith is apparently still in the conversation, but Deadline reports that other stars like Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker and Idris Elba could land the role as well. It was thought Elba was potentially on the list, as the actor tweeted last month that he was meeting "a very controversial director for a very controversial part." That lead many to wonder if the "controversial part" was Django.

Meanwhile, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson will likely have roles in the Tarantino film as well.

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· Leonardo DiCaprio In Early Talks For Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' [Deadline]



Comments

  • ZebedeeDooDah says:

    Chris Tucker vs Leonardo DiCaprio? I'm in.

  • Dan O. says:

    Seeing Will Smith in there would be awesome, but he’s too big for that type of role and I would like To see Elba, Foxx, or maybe even Anthony Mackie. I know he could pull off a role like that, and DiCaprio as the “bad guy” would truly be awesome to see. Can’t wait for this!

  • ETHAN HUNT says:

    read the script.first one hour is full of bounty hunting.last half an hour is full of revenge killings.lead actress is nude most of the time.leo doesn't suit for the role as it isn't full length powerful villain character like hans landa in IB.(he'll be in the movie just for 45min i.e.,between the above mentioned action parts,he is killed even b4 climax)

  • AAMIR KHAN-INDIA'S NO.1 ACTOR says:

    i too read the script.it'll make a pretty good action film.while i was readin the script i was doubting whether it was written by quentin or not,as the dialogues didn't sound like quentin.

  • Scared for Movies says:

    Inglorious Basterds was real good for the most part. Leo can do anything he's that good. I don't mind Will Smith dropping out but please don't get Chris Tucker. This sounds like it will Tarrantino's best since Kill Bill.

  • Denise Crank says:

    Hey, I think it will be great and will smith a good actor, still like all his movies,everyone bailed on me when i got gangs of new york ,i was the only one that could handle the intense movie. great flick.cryed at the end of titantic. cant spell,use to,ha,ha

  • Kevin says:

    F-CK YOU, YOU SPOILING PIECE OF TRASH! THIS MOVIE DOESN'T COME OUT FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS AND YOU'VE ALREADY SPOILED IT FOR ME! F-CK YOU AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY! I HOPE YOU GET HIT BY A BUS YOU DISGUSTING PIECE OF SH-T!

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