Film director Quentin Tarantino says he didn’t write the lead role in Django Unchained for just anyone. Tarantino chose Jamie Foxx to play the lead role after talking with six different actors, including Will Smith. The western-like drama is the story of a slave-turned-bounty hunter, Django, who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Indiewire.com reports:
Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” made its way to the Comic-Con faithful over the weekend, and by all accounts, including our own, it blew the lid off the place. The film has seen a number of casting changes and additions as it has rolled on its production, which started late last year. But one of the of the biggest What Would Have Been bits of casting involves the lead role itself.
Over a year ago, it was revealed that Will Smith was in contention for part of Django. Indeed the actor himself confirmed this last month, saying, “I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. I was in the middle of ‘Men In Black 3’ and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn’t sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn’t want to hold him up. That thing’s going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay.” But according to Tarantino, it was Jamie Foxx he ultimately wanted.
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