Jamie Foxx has snagged the lead role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti western, “Django Unchained,” making him the latest big name addition to the film.
Foxx will be a freed slave who teams with a bounty hunter — to be played by Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar in Tarantino’s last film, “Inglorious Basterds” — who sets out to rescue his wife from evil plantation owner Calvin Candie.
Foxx beat out fellow actors Will Smith and Idris Elba for the role.
That role looks like it will go to Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays against type as, according to an earlier story, “a charming but ruthless proprietor of Candyland, a despicable club and plantation in Mississippi where female slaves are exploited as sex objects and males are pitted against each other in ‘mandingo’ style death matches.”
Jamie Foxx won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2005 for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic, “Ray,” and was nominated the same year for Best Supporting Actor for “Collateral.” He’s since starred in “Dreamgirls” and “Miami Vice,” among other films, and will next be seen in a supporting role in the R-rated comedy, “Horrible Bosses.”