Will Smith Top Contender For Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’

Before you get all bent out of shape and start asking why no-one learned anything from Wild Wild West, take a listen to the idea first. Quentin “homages aren’t stealing” Tarantino has decided to take to the world of spaghetti westerns and “reboot” the classic franchise Django.

Here’s the most recent info from Heat Vision:

Sources prepped for those meetings 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 financials, which might be difficult given Smith’s status as one of Hollywood’s few sure-thing stars.

Smith is being teed up for the title role of Django, a freed slave who seeks to reunite with his slave wife, a journey that will see him team with a German bounty hunter to take down an evil plantation owner.

Tarantino wrote the bounty hunter part with Christoph Waltz in mind, according to insiders. The German ends up training Django and helping him seek his wife.

Tarantino is also courting regular Sam Jackson to play the house slave to the film’s baddie, Monsieur Calvin Candie. Due to the racial overtones and frequent use of the N-word in the screenplay, Smith’s representation is still hesitant to get him involved.

We should have an answer soon enough, and if/when Smith signs on, you can expect Tarantino to be onto another Basterds-like drama.

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