Jamie Foxx Up for Title Role in ‘Django Unchained?’

If Will Smith doesn't want it, Foxx will be glad to take it off his hands.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained just keeps linking itself to big actors. (Linking. 'Unchained.' You're welcome.) Although only Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz are officially cast so far, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith have both emerged as the front runners for the hero and villain roles, respectively. But concerns have arisen that Smith may not want to sully his wholesome image by appearing in a profanity-laden Quentin Tarantino joint, giving rise to a rumor that Jamie Foxx, the Academy Award-winning star of Booty Call, is primed to take his place.

Showbiz 411 reported on the story, which sounds like it came from Samuel L. Jackson's mouth at the Tony's but the article's enigmatic phrasing could also mean that it's just another rumor. Foxx is a talented thespian who has really proved himself since winning the Best Actor Oscar for 2004's Ray, making strong dramatic performances in the likes of Jarhead, The Kingdom and Michael Mann's under rated Miami Vice. Foxx also has the comedic chops necessary to pull off Tarantino's trademark clever dialogue, as evidence, once again, from Booty Call.

We're awaiting some kind of official confirmation of this news, so until that happens take it with a grain of salt.

Crave Online will be back with more Foxx-y Django Unchained news as events warrant.