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Michael K. Williams Says 'Django Unchained' Role Looks Good To Go

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 2:30 AM
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Says He'll Co-Star In 'Sparkle' Remake With Whitney Houston & Cee-Lo Green; R. Kelly Doing The SoundtrackIt was just under a week ago that Michael K. Williams first revealed that while he lost out on the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming "Django Unchained," that the director might be writing a new part for him. Well, as the actor continues to do the rounds to promote the second season of "Boardwalk Empire" (the first episode aired last night), he's becoming much more chatty and confident about his prospects for 'Django.'

Michael K. Williams Says He Lost The 'Django Unchained' Lead, But There May Be Another Part For Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 3:41 AM
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Actor Suggests Tarantino May Write A New Role For Him In The Slavery/Western EpicYou probably know him best as Omar Little from "The Wire" or perhaps as Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire," and if you've seen his imposing presence on either of those shows, you'll know why many people (including us) pegged him as the perfect lead for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming picture, "Django Unchained." The spaghetti western/slavery revenge pic has been gearing up over the last few months for a planned January shoot in New Orleans. After much speculation that saw Will Smith openly courted for the movie (with the actor's longtime studio home of Sony even going so far as to snap up the foreign territory rights on the project in an effort to entice the thesp), Jamie Foxx eventually landed the part. As we noted in our wishlist casting for the movie, Django begins the film "a confused and muttering slave, clueless and suspicious why [Schultz played by Christoph Waltz] has saved and befriended him" to later become a "cut-throat and eagle-eyed assassin." While Foxx has the "movie-ness" factor we figured would come into play in any casting decisions, Quentin Tarantino was definitely on the same wavelength as everyone else who had Williams on the brain.

The Small Screen: John Goodman & Michael K. Williams Join Season 3 Of 'Community'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 11:47 AM
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Plus Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten & Liam Cunningham Play 'Game of Thrones'We don't cover a lot of TV casting here at The Playlist; when we do, it's because our favorite, or at least most promising, shows, have landed great actors. As you'll know from our list of the ten best shows of the recently completed TV season, two of those shows at present are "Community" and "Game of Thrones." The former a top-flight sitcom starring Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and a kick-ass ensemble, the latter an HBO adaptation of a popular series of fantasy novels, a show that rapidly proved itself to be the ballsiest, best-cast, best-plotted show on TV right now. And both series have just added some cast members that have made us even more excited to see their next seasons.

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