Jamie Foxx confirms involvement in Django Unchained

After offering Will Smith the lead, and considering Idris Elba, Terrence Howard and Chris Tucker, Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Company began talks last month with Oscar winning actor Jamie Foxx (Ray, Collateral) to star in Django Unchained.

Now in a recent interview Foxx confirmed that he’ll be part of the film, and explained briefly why he wanted the role.

From CNN:

“I think, just to be able to work with Quentin Tarantino and Samuel Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and to be able to tell a story that needs to be told,” he said of why he agreed to the role. “If you’re a fan of ‘Inglorious Basterds,’ I mean, you know.. It’s just amazing. It should be [an] amazing [thing].”

Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCario). Samuel L. Jackson will play DiCario’s slave, Stephen, while Kerry Washington, who starred opposite Jamie Foxx in Ray, is in talks to play Django’s wife Broomhilda.

Filming will begin in November and The Weinstein Company has given Django Unchained a December 25, 2012 release date.

  • Mr. E

      Jamie Foxx is a fantastic actor. He’s shown the chops time and time again. Everyone refers to Ray as his acting pinnacle, but people rarely mention how outstanding he was in Collateral, Ali, The Kingdom, and a personal favorite of mine Jarhead.
      Saying all that, I had a rooting interest for Idris Elba, who I think could become a leading man in Hollywood. He’s come an extremely long way in just a few years appearing on The Wire on HBO, Rock N’ Rolla, and this summers blockbuster Thor. Hell he even had a brief stint on The Office. I think he would have done a great job.
      I’m confident Foxx can pull this off though, and the addition of DiCaprio and Jackson only strengthens my confidence in the badassedness of this film.

    • Young Herschel

      I like Jamie too, but Terrance Howard would have been exceptional in this role in my opinion as would Don Cheadle. Jamie has that comic timing to break up the gravity of some scenes though and then pop right back into grave, serious mode.  I would rather someone else get the Broomhilda role over Kerry Washington though.  Some one unexpected and less well known like Jessica Lucas perhaps or maybe Tatyana Ali.