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Jamie Foxx not Will Smith will be the lead in 'Django Unchained'
Move over, Will Smith.
Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx is in negotiations to play the title role in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," according to Deadline.com.
Foxx would be joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds") and Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson in the neo-spaghetti Western.
Smith was expected to take on the role, but negotiations reportedly fell through on the deal.
The film centers on a Mississippi slave named Django (Foxx) who is freed by a German bounty hunter (Waltz) who trains him in his dangerous trade. Django then faces evil slave-owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), who sexually exploits female slaves -- including Django's abducted wife -- on his plantation dubbed "Candyland."
The film is inspired by Sergio Corbucci's 1966 "Django," starring Franco Nero, and by the cycle of 1960s Italian westerns in general, the best-known of which were directed by Sergio Leone ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly").
Jackson ("Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown") is expected to play a Candyland employee.
Foxx can soon be seen in "Horrible Bosses," alongside Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Charlie Day. he won an Oscar for playing Ray Charles in 2005's "Ray."
"Django Unchained" will be distributed domestically by The Weinstein Company and overseas by Sony Pictures. Shooting on the film starts in November.