Jamie Foxx has been cast in the lead role for Quentin Tarantino's highly-anticipated new movie 'Django Unchained', about a freed slave who sets out on a mission to rescue his love from an evil plantation owner. Foxx was one of several actors up for the role, with 'Luther' star Idris Elba also thought to have been considered.
Speaking to CNN at the premiere of the forthcoming comedy 'Horrible Bosses', Foxx confirmed his part in the movie, but also revealed Leonardo Dicaprio's involvement in the project, saying, "I think, just to be able to work with Quentin Tarantino and Samuel Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and to be able to tell a story that needs to be told". DiCaprio has long been linked to the role of the villain 'Calvin Candie', while Samuel L. Jackson is expected to play his right hand man. Christoph Waltz, who gained acclaim for his role as an SS Colonel in Tarantino's 'Inglorious Basterds', will play a German bounty hunter. In 2004, Foxx scooped the Oscar for 'Best Actor' for his portrayal of the legendary pianist and singer Ray Charles.
Jamie Foxx recently wrapped up filming on the upcoming comedy 'The Skank Robbers', with Halle Berry and Martin Lawrence. Filming on 'Django Unchained' is likely to get underway within the next few months - Tarantino handed in the final draft of the script to The Weinstein Company on 26th April 2011.