Earlier this week we heard that Quentin Tarantino had handed in the script for his next movie, Django Unchained, to The Weinstein Company. No start or release dates have been set, but casting is now under-way as Tarantino apparently wants Will ‘aw hell naw’ Smith to play the lead role in the film.
Will Smith has emerged as the frontrunner to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, a spaghetti Western about a slave in the Old South who teams with a German bounty hunter to search for his wife. Tarantino stalwarts Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz also are circling key parts.
Sources say Tarantino would like Smith to star in the film, the script for which has been making the rounds in recent days to wide acclaim. No official offer has been made to Smith, and any deal would of course be subject to working out finacials, which might be difficult given Smith’s status as one of Hollywood’s few sure-thing stars.
Meanwhile Variety says “Smith would be willing to give up his usual $20 million salary for the chance to tackle different, more controversial material”, so it’s certainly a possibility. The trade also mentions Quentin originally wrote the role of Dr. Schultz for Leonardo DiCaprio, but the actor passed, so he decided to re-team with Waltz instead. Brad Pitt was also said to have been offered “one of the numerous juicy supporting roles”, but Pitt obviously wasn’t interested (not when he can be leading other films).
Quentin Tarantino + Will Smith + Samuel L. Jackson + Christoph Waltz is certainly a winning combination. Hopefully we get confirmation of their involvement soon, and details on the other cast members.
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.