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Idris Elba's Meeting Today With "A Very Controversial Director For A Very Controversial Part"...

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 29, 2011 10:19 AM
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"Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today...meeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part. :-/... I wish I could tell you more due time... "

Those were words Mr Idris Elba posted on Twitter earlier this morning; let the speculating begin.

Of course, I immediately thought that the director he mentions is Quentin Tarantino, and the controversial part is the lead in Django Unchained. What else could it be? Considering that he starts his sentence with... "Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today," says a lot. It suggests the director is someone of significance, or "A-list," to use industry parlance; and the project is also likely something grand.

So, again, what else could it be? We've pretty much covered every studio film with a black starring role in it, and there aren't that many; and when you add the "controversial" tag, the list gets even shorter; unless it's something we don't know about yet, because it hasn't been announced, which is certainly possible.

But then I thought further... is Quentin Tarantino considered a "very controversial director?" Having read the Django Unchained script, I can say with some certainty that it's his most controversial work to date. But, I don't really think of him as a "very controversial" director, especially when compared to others, like, say, Lars von Trier, who seems to revel in controversy,

I did check the IMDBPro page for Django Unchained and Idris is listed as "rumored" to be in the film's cast; though not as Django, which is still apparently Will Smith's if he wants it. Of course, IMDB isn't always the most accurate source, and it does tag all the actors supposedly attached to the project as "rumored." And there's really no other role in the film for Idris in it, except Django.

Unless Will Smith has indeed passed on it, and Idris was Quentin's second choice???

Anyway... like I said... let the speculation begin. We'll just have to wait and see. If Idris gets the part, whatever it is, then it'll be announced eventually. If he doesn't, then, well, we may never know anything more.

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  • misha | May 30, 2011 5:36 AMReply

    I saw this when he tweeted it and immediately thought of QT's Django. And Idris was my first choice for Django but after reading Tambay's review, I can't say I'm excited anymore. :/ However, I'm a big fan of Idris so if he does end up playing Django, I'd still pay to see it.

  • Neziah | May 30, 2011 4:39 AMReply

    It has to be Django Unchained.

  • Zeus | May 30, 2011 3:28 AMReply

    As I said before, Idris WILL be cast! He is the only logical choice! :)

  • Dotty | May 30, 2011 3:00 AMReply

    I always thought that Will Smith would have been a dire case of miscasting for Django Unchained. It seems to me Quentin's first choices are often mad and far-fetched: Leonardo DiCaprio for Colonel Hans Landa, anyone?
    Idris Elba would probably be the saving grace for a film that, quite frankly, I'm not too excited about. Another revenge film for Mr. Tarantino. If you think about it, every single film Tarantino has made in the last ten years has had a plot revolving around revenge and redemption, even Grindhouse. Such a shame.

  • JMac | May 30, 2011 2:43 AMReply

    Hopefully this doesn't end up like the Alex Cross debacle. Tyler Perry as Django? Better not!

  • Lynn | May 30, 2011 1:56 AMReply

    Yeah mostly likely it is Django Unchained. I don't think Will Smith will star as Django he looks preoccupied w/ Willow & Jaden Smith's careers but who really knows we can only assume.

    But i would rather see Idris Elba as Django than Will Smith he has masculinity and the acting chops i see only him as Django.

  • jessie's girl | May 29, 2011 12:48 PMReply

    fingers crossed!

  • sandra | May 29, 2011 12:43 PMReply

    Just hope this mystery role doesn't involve him wearing a dress.

  • Vanessa | May 29, 2011 12:09 PMReply

    yup. DEFINITELY Django Unchained.

  • Monique | May 29, 2011 11:08 AMReply

    Tambay, you beat me to it!!!!

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