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May 8, 2011 - Django Unchained / project announced

Scooped on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Quentin Tarantino wants Will Smith to saddle up and star in his latest film, Django Unchained, says The Hollywood Reporter. Written and to be directed by Tarantino, Django is a spaghetti Western set in the Old South. Smith would play a slave who teams with a German bounty hunter to find his slave wife and take down the evil plantation owner who owns her. Last week, Tarantino's agency WME confirmed that Tarantino had turned in the final draft to the Weinstein Company.

Although QT prefers Smith as his hero, no official offer has been made. Smith has received the script, but it’s unknown if he’s read it yet. The film is expected to be controversial, as it deals with racism head-on and has Tarantino’s usual liberal use of the N word.

Tarantino is also talking to a couple of actors from his previous films for roles: Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. QT wrote the part of the German bounty hunter with Waltz in mind. Jackson would play the house slave to the plantation owner. Tarantino hopes to shoot in the South this fall.

Tarantino.info, who scored the exclusive photo of the script's cover page above, has a nice write-up on the original Django film as well as a recent similarly titled filmby Takashi Miike in which Tarantino cameo'd.

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