The buzz has already begun building in earnest around the recent reveal of Quentin Tarantino's next film, and today's news should only stoke that flame. Django Unchained is described as Tarantino's homage to the spaghetti western, telling the story of a freed slave who teams with a German bounty hunter to find his wife and battle an evil plantation owner. The big story today has America's favorite, Will Smith, as the frontrunner to take the lead role in the film.
No actual offer has been made as of yet, but Smith is the man Tarantino wants for the job. Considering how high profile this film will be, and Smith's ever-bankable Hollywood cred, it sounds like a perfect marriage of actor and role. Given that Smith's been out of the fray for a few years now, this would be the best mini-comeback I could imagine for the actor. We've seen him tackle sci-fi, comedy, and heavy drama, but nothing even close to the hard edged grit of a Tarantino joint.
Already in talks for roles in the film are Christoph Waltz and Samuel L Jackson. The role of the German bounty hunter was written with Waltz in mind the whole time, and anyone who saw Inglourious Basterds will likely be champing at the bit to see him and Tarantino team up onscreen again. Jackson is angling for the role of Monsieur Calvin Candie, the manipulative house slave of the villainous plantation owner.
For those who are into spoilers, Obsessed With Film has posted a detailed summary of Tarantino's script, which has been making some rounds online. I'm trying to avoid spoilers, myself, but figured some readers might want the inside info in that article.