[Update: Jamie Foxx is Quentin Tarantino’s pick to play the lead in Django Unchained. See post for details.]

Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western/slavery revenge flick Django Unchained has had names such as Will Smith and Idris Elba rumored for its titular lead, but today brings word of a third actor/musician whose name is being thrown into the ring.

Reports are now coming in that Jamie Foxx is being considered to headline Django Unchained and the Interwebs are sure to be buzzing about this one.

For those not yet in the know: Django Unchained is Tarantino’s homage to spaghetti westerns, and even takes its name from the 1966 film Django by Sergio Corbucci. Of course that film is getting a Tranatino-style makeover, after which it will be set in the deep south during the slavery era, and the titular gunslinger is a freed slave who is trained by a German bounty hunter (Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz) to become a bounty hunter himself, hell-bent on finding his wife and liberating her from slavery.

Let the controversy ensue.

Update: Deadline now reports that Tarantino has in fact selected Jamie Foxx as the man to play Django, and negotiations with the actor have comenced. A deal is expected to be reached shortly.

Getting back to casting, Foxx’s name being attached to the film is sure to elicit an…impassioned response, but he has proven himself to be a solid actor, and Tarantino has proven himself a director who knows who to cast, how to cast them, and how to get their best (and/or wildest) work on the screen. After all, this is the guy who made David Carradine, Robert Forester, Jon Travolta, Pam Grier and Samuel L. Jackson screen icons again. Nuff said.

Will Smith was thought to have passed on Tarantino’s western around the time Elba’s name started circling the project; Elba was suspected as having passed when his name started being floated for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. If suspicions about Smith and Elba moving on are true, it could indeed be Foxx who we see in the role. You better stay tuned to this one.

DiCaprio and Foxx?

Further reports (stemming from Showbiz 411) also claim that Leonardo DiCaprio is indeed locked for the role of villain “Calvin Candie” in the film – and we can only guess what Tarantino has in store with that character. Could be a new milestone in DiCaprio’s career, if history is anything to judge by. Samuel L. Jackson is also attached to play Stephen, Calvin Candie’s valet, who is tasked with keeping other slaves in line.

Stay tuned for more updates about Django Unchained – including confirmation about the actor taking on the titular role.

Source: Showbiz 411