After weeks of bandying about names ranging from Will Smith (awesome!) to Chris Tucker (wait, what?), it sounds like Quentin Tarantino finally has the renegade slave of his dreams for his latest film, Django Unchained.
Deadline reports that Jamie Foxx has begun negotiations to star as the slave-turned-bounty hunter Django in Tarantino's latest. This comes after Stringer Bell himself, Idris Elba, was most recently rumored to have taken on the role. Instead, Elba signed on for Guillermo del Toro's latest, Pacific Rim.
Foxx was the last piece of the main puzzle for Django Unchained, with Christoph Waltz having already signed on to play Foxx's German bounty hunter mentor, and Leonardo DiCaprio on board to play the vile plantation owner, Calvin Candie. Samuel L. Jackson will play Candie's personal valet, who rounds up and keeps in line the various slaves Candie exploits through sexual trade and "Mandingo" style death matches.
By all accounts, that's a pretty incredible cast. Say what you will about some of Foxx's other recent career choices, Foxx can act. Tarantino isn't one to just sign on any famous actor just for the sake of having a name on board. While I'm honestly more curious to see who he gets for some of the smaller roles yet to be filled, it's great to see the main cast finally come together.