Leonardo DiCaprio to play main villain in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained?

QT wants star for role of Calvin Candie in western

Leonardo DiCaprio to play main villain in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained?

If Twitter rumours turn out to be true, then Leonardo DiCaprio may have landed the part of main villain Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

The tweet, which came from Creative Screenwriting editor Jeff Goldsmith, appeared on Monday night, saying: “DiCaprio WILL play villian Calvin Candie in Tarantino‘s Django Unchained!” It went on to say: “QT wanted him for I.B. & now has him!” 

While we've been waiting for this to be either confirmed or denied, bloggers noted yesterday that Goldsmith was also responsible for breaking the news of Will Smith's involvement (as the titular slave-hero Django).

At least it looks like Goldsmith's hype-building tweets may at least hold some truth; it appears that Will Smith is indeed in talks, though Idris Elba has also emerged as a favourite for the part.

Depending on which source you believe, Tarantino either wanted DiCaprio - or DiCaprio lobbied Tarantino - for the Hans Landa role in Inglourious Basterds, before the multi-lingual Christoph Waltz won the part.

Django Unchained has room enough for both actors, with Waltz confirmed for the role of Dr Shulz, leaving main villain Calvin Candie open for DiCaprio.

This is early days yet, but the prospect of DiCaprio as a Tarantino villain has us sold.

With Christoph Waltz and either Idris Elba or Will Smith on board, Django Unchained looks set to vie with The Dark Knight Rises for most anticipated film over the next 12 months.

Want to see DiCaprio go dark side? Would you prefer Idris or Will? Let us know!


    • writerdave87

      Jun 1st 2011, 17:46

      I think Idris Elba would be a better choice personally...

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    • joker16

      Jun 1st 2011, 19:31

      Will Smith and his whole family suck. QT should definitely go with Elba. As far as this whole DiCaprio / Basterds rumor is concerned, QT never wanted Leo for Basterds, Leo may have wanted it, but not QT. This point is not open for debate. Anyone who knows anything about QT & Basterds knows that he was adamant about hiring German actors to play Germans and so forth. It's ludicrous to assume that QT would have ever considered an American actor to play a German S.S. officer who can speak four languages fluently. DiCaprio could have never done that so let's put that rumor to bed. In any event, it would be awesome to see Leo in the next Quentin film.

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    • monkeypirate

      Jun 1st 2011, 20:23

      Stringer Bell all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Igrayne

      Jun 1st 2011, 20:27

      Who cares Tarantino is c**p, not one five star film, Kill Bill and Jackie Brown only close ones and they were four stars. Poor dialogue, pompous soundtracks and his work is so bloody cliched, lacking humour and so heavily borrowed.

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    • Brooksy86

      Jun 1st 2011, 21:10

      I must admit, i have read the script, and to me (who is not a prude) it just seems like one long love letter to his love for the 'N-Bomb'. I hope its gets rewritten slightly.

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    • mikisotak

      Jun 1st 2011, 21:45

      I started having erection from this movie :)

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 1st 2011, 22:42

      Spike Lee is thrilled about this movie.

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    • Toph80

      Jun 2nd 2011, 0:26

      Way to go QT, always look forward to his films when I know there is a new one in the making, but casting Leo in it??? one sure fire way to help put me off a film that I know nothing about.

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    • Frankie88

      Jun 2nd 2011, 9:30

      Man, I really wanted for QT to make an old-school spook thriller, but Django looks promising too.

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 2nd 2011, 22:01

      What's wrong with Leo ? he's developed into one of the best actors around today. Those Titanic days are well behind him.

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    • stonedjohn

      Jun 3rd 2011, 12:51

      Igrayne said "Tarantino is c**p...Poor dialogue, pompous soundtracks and his work is so bloody cliched" - If you really believe this what exactly qualifies as a good film to you? I wouldn't have ignored your comment as everyone is entitled to their opinion and with films like Deathproof clearly dividing audiences as lovers or haters I accept non-Tarantino fans. But to say his dialogue is poor, his soundtracks are poor and his films are cliched just makes me think you must hate all films, as those three things are what he does better than anyone!! - Oh, but keep DiCaprio, lose Smith and this film sounds better already....

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