Jamie Foxx to Star in Tarantino's New Western

The Oscar-winning actor will lead the cast in Quentin Tarantino's much anticipated reimagined Western Django Unchained.

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Jamie Foxx will play the lead in Django Unchained. (Getty)

MSN is reporting that Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx has been cast as the lead in Quentin Tarantino's much anticipated reimagined Western Django Unchained.

Foxx has been linked to the role of a vengeful slave ever since Will Smith reportedly passed on the project earlier this year -- and now he has made his casting official.

He tells CNN, "I think, just to be able to work with Quentin Tarantino and Samuel Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and to be able to tell a story that needs to be told.

"If you're a fan of Inglourious Basterds, I mean, you know ... It's just amazing. It should be amazing."

DiCaprio will play a villainous plantation boss holding Foxx's wife captive. The actor's Ray co-star Kerry Washington is reportedly in talks to play his wife.

Jamie Foxx starring as the lead character of a classic, reimagined  "spaghetti Western" is groundbreaking and intriguing. How Tarantino plans to improve upon Sergio Corbucci's 1966 film and the 1987 sequel, Django Strikes Again, will be interesting to watch. Out-of-the-box casting is a good start. We just hope that the rumor of original lead actor Franco Nero making an appearance in this DJango film is true. 

Read more at MSN.

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