Late last week we heard Quentin Tarantino wanted Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz to appear in his next film Django Unchained, which follows a former slave who tries to save his wife from an evil plantation owner. Now Deadline reports that following meetings with most studios Tarantino wants Sony to co-finance and distribute overseas (The Weinstein Company already have US rights).
This could be a sign Will Smith is close to officially signing on, although apparently Smith is still deciding whether to play the lead, so it could be a tactic from Tarantino to get the actor whose production company is based as Sony.
Further casting is currently under-way, and the aim is to begin filming later this year for a 2012 release. 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.