Deadline has announced that Kerry Washington has secured the role of Bromhilda, the wife of Jamie Foxx‘s titular character in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. And with that it looks like the main roles are now locked up, with players like Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kurt Russell in place.

Word was that the role was hard to lock down because it requires a lot of the actress – on top of playing a slave. Supposedly Tarantino flirted with hiring an unknown, but now Washington has it.

Washington’s career path has had its ups and downs. Though she’s been involved with some high profile mainstream films, like Save the Last Dance, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Fantastic Four, she’s always played a love interest or secondary character. She’s also been in picutres like Ray and Last King of Scotland where she’s been good support, but rarely the center of attention. Recently she appeared in a Tyler Perry film, and has been working, but this seems like a chance for her to break bigger.

Django Unchained should start shooting in January with a Christmas 2012 release date. With DiCaprio’s The Great Gatsby due around the same time, we may see a picture blink. It’s doubtful it will be Quentin’s.

Do you have a favorite Kerry Washington performance?