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Quentin Tarantino: If Smith and Elba Are Out, Foxx is Right for Django Unchained

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 22, 2011 at 5:33AM

It's not just the great performances Jamie Foxx has given, from Any Given Sunday to his Oscar-winning role in Ray, or his sweet crooning to Oprah at her farewell blast, or his duet at Cannes this year with Kanye West, that make him the right guy to star in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
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It's not just the great performances Jamie Foxx has given, from Any Given Sunday to his Oscar-winning role in Ray, or his sweet crooning to Oprah at her farewell blast, or his duet at Cannes this year with Kanye West, that make him the right guy to star in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

I get why Sony wanted Will Smith for Django. He's a huge international star. But he would have softened a leading role that Foxx could knock out of the park. What he can do is bring both vulnerability and anger to a freed slave who wants not only to wreak his revenge on evil white southerners, but save his beloved wife Broomhilda (UPDATE: Jeff Goldsmith, Foxx will play Django in Django Unchained: "Will Smith is out! Inside sources tell me that Tarantino has chosen Oscar winner @iamjamiefoxx to play Django!" he tweets. UPDATE: Variety confirms that the role has gone to Foxx.

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Will Smith may have resisted the Weinsteins' connection to Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-tinged The Master, reports ThePlaylist.

Check out the results of our casting polls below, for Django and Broomhilda (yet to be cast). Idris Elba, who won our Django poll, is replacing Tom Cruise in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.