DiCaprio May Be Tarantino's Evil Plantation Owner, Chris Tucker Could Be Django

June 8, 2011

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While many of us imagine an Southern plantation owner as a stereotypical overweight gentleman mopping his brow, or maybe as that crocodile dad from the Tiny Toon Adventures movie, Quentin Tarantino apparently sees the archetype as more of a Leonardo DiCaprio type. The director--who previously tried to get DiCaprio in Christoph Waltz's Oscar-winning role as Hans Landa--now wants the late-season Growing Pains addition to play Django Unchained's antagonist, Calvin Candie, described as the "charming but ruthless proprietor of Candyland, a despicable club and plantation in Mississippi where female slaves are exploited as sex objects and males are pitted against each other in 'mandingo' style death matches." And here I was stupidly thinking a Candyland-based film wouldn't have a compelling plot.

Talks with DiCaprio's people are just getting underway, but word is there's a pretty good shot he'll take the part--after all, when has DiCaprio ever turned down the chance to do a distractingly present accent? Will Smith's participation, however, is another story. Though the box office champion and Summertime performer was recently named frontrunner to star as the title character in Tarantino's slave-based spaghetti western, now, according to Deadline, that's looking like much less of a thing that will happen, and some alternative names are being tossed around. Names like Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx, and even, yes, Chris Tucker. If you've seen the script, can you imagine the words coming out of his mouth?

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