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UK's Guardian Doesn't Think Idris Elba Has Done Anything To Earn "Django Unchained" Lead

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 7, 2011 at 6:43AM

"Love him or loathe him, Quentin Tarantino has always been able to cherry pick his actors, and it looks like his forthcoming Django Unchained project may be his most tantalising so far. Until recently there were suggestions that Will Smith was lined up to play the lead role of Django, an escaped slave who learns to become a contract killer and heads home to his old plantation to free his wife in the film's 19th-century deep south setting. The latest rumour is that The Wire's Idris Elba may play the part. Quite what Elba has done to deserve such elevation in a movie career that includes Fatal Attraction rip-off Obsessed and cheap supernatural thriller The Unborn is anyone's guess..."
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"Love him or loathe him, Quentin Tarantino has always been able to cherry pick his actors, and it looks like his forthcoming Django Unchained project may be his most tantalising so far. Until recently there were suggestions that Will Smith was lined up to play the lead role of Django, an escaped slave who learns to become a contract killer and heads home to his old plantation to free his wife in the film's 19th-century deep south setting. The latest rumour is that The Wire's Idris Elba may play the part. Quite what Elba has done to deserve such elevation in a movie career that includes Fatal Attraction rip-off Obsessed and cheap supernatural thriller The Unborn is anyone's guess..."

My thoughts on the Django Unchained script aside, and how much of an "elevation" to his career the Django role would be... Of course that last sentence is what got my attention, lifted from an article on the UK's Guardian website.

A dig there are Mr Elba from his fellow Brits? Maybe our UK readers can chime in on this... thanks Emmanuel for the heads-up.

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