By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 23, 2011 at 5:20AM
While nothing is official on Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated slave/western/vengeance flick "Django Unchained," this is the way it's shaping so far: Jamie Foxx would play the titular Django, who under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz, squares off against Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) the brutal owner of mixed race club and his top slave, the manipulative Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), in order to free his wife Broomhilda...which brings us to this latest bit of news.
As the trades chased the news of Foxx being "chosen" to play the lead in Tarantino's film, Variety offered up a new morsel of info, revealing that Kerry Washington is in the mix of contenders to play Broomhilda in the film.
In our script review of "Django Unchained" we said that the character itself is kind of essentially amounting to the damsel in distress of the picture, who really loves her man, and…that’s about it. The tricky thing about casting this part is the fact the role would require a fair amount of nudity which might nix the interest of some of the bigger A-list type names (ie. Zoe Saldana or Paula Patton). Again, there isn't much to the part and while we'd love to see someone like Taraji P. Henson or Naomie Harris (who is being lured for "Bond 23") jump into the film, we won't be surprised if a smaller name winds up snagging the part -- we suggest Meagan Good (”Eve’s Bayou,” “Brick,” “D.E.B.S”) or Teairra Mari from “The Lottery Ticket".
An interesting bit to keep an eye on regardless, and we're sure more names will surface in the coming days. Lots more parts still to cast with a lot of time to get it together. Filming starts later this year, with a Christmas Day 2012 release date scheduled.