Written by: FFT Webmaster | June 15th, 2011
Quentin Tarantino has announced that his next film project will be DJANGO UNCHAINED, a homage to the “spaghetti westerns” produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Italian cult director Sergio Leone. Talks are underway for Leonardo DiCaprio to play the role of villainous ranch owner Calvin Candie, the charming but ruthless proprietor of Candyland, a despicable club in Mississippi where female slaves are exploited as sex objects and males are pitted against each other in “mandingo” style death matches. The film focuses on Django, a freed slave who tangles with Candie in order to reclaim his slave wife. Will Smith is reported to be the director’s first choice title role of Django, a slave who is liberated and taught the tricks of the trade by a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter, a role that is expected to be played by Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar in Tarantino’s last film INGLORIOUS BASTERDS. Tarantino veteran Samuel L. Jackson is also expected to play the role of Stephen, Candie’s valet who keeps the slaves in line. Tarantino turned in his script in late April to The Weinstein Company, who will produce along with Sony Pictures. This should be quite the hoot when it opens in late 2012.