You may have read elsewhere about Idris Elba’s mid-flight tweets on the way to a meeting about an upcoming part for a controversial director. The internet mulled it over and decided that he may have been talking about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. While it has been reported that Will Smith is a strong favourite for the part, he may never finish filming on Men In Black 3, so old Quentin may be looking elsewhere.
Now we have a further casting rumour to add to the Django Unchained pile. This time the Twitterer is Q&A podcast’s Jeff Goldsmith, who has been on the right track in the past, and says that Leonardo DiCaprio may be taking the part of Calvin Candie, the slave trader and villain of the piece.
Of course Tarantino has been wanting to work with DiCaprio for a while now, previously tapping him up to take the part of the Jew Hunter in Inglorious Basterds, of course in the end memorably played by Christophe Waltz.
Here’s the synopsis for Django Unchained (potential spoilers):
Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (played by Christopher Waltz the evil Nazi officer in Inglorious Basterds) 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.