Now that the title is out and the project officially confirmed, more and more news is trickling in about Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, his first movie after 2009's Oscar-winning Inglourious Basterds. The film was confirmed last week by Tarantino's agency, along with the news that Inglourious star Christoph Waltz will have a lead role. Now there's word that Tarantino is looking at Will Smith to take on another of the story's key characters.
As we've learned, the story follows a German bounty hunter (Waltz) and a gunslinger named Django, reportedly to be played by Franco Nero, reprising his title role from the original 1966 Spaghetti Western Django. The two team up to help a freed slave reunite with his wife. The word is that Tarantino wants Smith for the part of the former slave, according to The Hollywood Reporter, though no offer has been made.
Tarantino is also still looking for an international distribution partner. The Weinstein Company will of course handle domestic distribution, as the Weinsteins have been one of the filmmaker's chief allies since the Miramax days. Tarantino has reportedly already met with Universal, and has other meetings scheduled with Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros. and "possibly others."