When last we talked about Quentin Tarantino‘s latest Django Unchained, Jamie Foxx was the odds-on frontrunner for the lead character. That is now locked up. CNN talked to Foxx recently, and he said the dull platitudes expected of someone up for a big role. “Amazing” Foxx says. It “should be amazing.” Well, duh. The money quote is that he seems to suggest that Leonardo DiCaprio is also a lock the project. “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 hasn’t signed the dotted line yet, and he just worked with Clint Eastwood on J. Edgar. Eastwood said he’d like Leo to be in his remake of A Star is Born with Beyonce Knowles, but there’s no way Di Caprio could do both – both roles would position him for an Oscar, and double dipping (even if one role is supporting), tends to lead to a cancel-out, especially if the better performance is in the supporting role. That on top of scheduling conflicts, it seems that Eastwood is the one who will have to go fishing for another lead.
Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are also up for roles in Django, but at this point it’s just assumed they’ll take them. Such is Hollywood.
Are you more excited for Django Unchained or Eastwood’s Star is Born?