From Cinema Blend:

Since Quentin Tarantino’s latest film project was announced, a tidal wave of casting rumors has hit the Internet. Will Smith, Idris Elba and even Chris Tucker were at one time rumored to play the lead in Django Unchained. It seems for the moment that Jamie Foxx has the lead role, but when Variety broke the news today that Samuel L. Jackson had been confirmed for a part in the film, the project seemed to have come full circle. Jackson will portray Stephen, the number one henchmen for the villainous plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Quentin Tarantino had been branching out of late and working with almost entirely new troupes of actors. For Inglourious Basterds, the new troops included Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger. Prior to that, he ventured into virgin collaborative territory with the legendary Kurt Russell for Death Proof. But Samuel L. Jackson is as indelible to Quentin Tarantino’s cannon as his use of homage to exploitation film and the cinematically obscure so it was only a matter of time before he’d be back. Even Inglourious Basterds couldn’t remove Sam L. entirely from the equation; he was the narrator for Hugo Stiglitz’s backstory.

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