‘Django Unchained’ Wants Leonardo DiCaprio?

A new rumor has Quentin Tarantino wanting the actor to play villain Calvin Candie in the upcoming Western.

Leonardo DiCaprio may play villain Calvin Candie in Django Unchained
Leonardo DiCaprio may play villain Calvin Candie in Django Unchained
Another casting rumor is making its way across the Internet. This one indicates that director Quentin Tarantino wants actor Leonardo DiCaprio for his Western Django Unchained.

The actor will reportedly play villain Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, according to Creative Screenwriting's Jeff Goldsmith. Take a look at his tweet below.

"Casting Rumor: Leonardo DiCaprio WILL play villian Calvin Candie in Tarantino's Django Unchained! QT wanted him for I.B. & now has him! #fb"

Another tweet from Variety's Jeff Sneider indicates this is not confirmed, although he heard the same rumor last week.

This is just the latest casting rumor surrounding Django Unchained. A report from earlier this month revealed Will Smith is up for the Django role, a freed slave in the Old West who hires a German bounty hunter to find his missing wife. Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly circling the role of Calvin Candie's house slave, while Christoph Waltz may play the bounty hunter.

None of these casting rumors have been confirmed at this time for Django Unchained.

Django Unchained was released December 25th, 2012 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Amber Tamblyn, Zoe Bell. The film is directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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  1. Cheetoboy

    Either Quentin needs to say something or someone needs to sign something immediately to make it official(Hopefully at this moment as I'm speaking Will Smith signing on, And of course it would be cool if Leonardo Dicaprio signs on, imagine both of them going at it for the first time in a film together, using QT, dialogue). And as for Idris Elba, I like the guy and think he's a good actor, but Will should definitely get the lead, so he needs to hurry up with Men In Black3 and talk to Quentin.

    4 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  2. skywise

    I would looove to see DiCaprio pay the villain that is just brilliant. Casting against type can be a terrible idea but often times it leads to Oscar noms....Training Day anyone?

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Cheetoboy

    Also on another note, it wouldn't make any sense for Quentin to just diss Will for Idris anyway, The man signed on with Sony just to appeal to Will because that's his home company, Although Will hasn't officially signed on yet, if he really didn't want to do it he Quentin wouldn't have went with Sony, I really hope Will gets it though, and Elba gets a supporting role.

    4 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  4. Cheetoboy

    I agree @ theDude_Abides, Will is a much better choice for the lead Role, He's more of the leading man action hero type, If Idris Elba is in it hopefully it's a supporting role. Oh Yeah Leonardo would be great as a villain, it would be something totally different than from what he usually does. Yes I your also right Will, Leonardo, Christoph, and your forgetting Samuel would be a great super cast.

    4 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  5. Nautical

    That would be sweet. He totally redeemed himself after that whole Titanic thing. lol

    4 years agoby @nautical05Flag

  6. WongFu

    If he's truly in it then I will watch it for sure. I did some more digging on you Ottley and you are telling the truth so far, but this just sounds more like a rumor than the truth.

    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  7. Pjwolsker

    @jayaottley what would we do without you and your insider secrets. that is pretty cool your tight with elba.

    but back to leo.. i think he would be an awesome bad guy. its something he's never really done before

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  8. thedude-abides

    *All Quentin's movies have great casts; I'm just talking in terms of draw

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. thedude-abides

    I prefer Smith. I wouldn't mind Elba, but, to me, he's obviously not the same caliber actor Smith is. I like what @ejk1 had to say about this news. It would be nice to see what a Tarantino movie would look like with a star-studded cast. And with a team headlined by Smith, Dicaprio, and Waltz, that's exactly how Django is shaping up.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  10. Jay.A.Ottley


    No trust me the controversial project that Idris Elba was talking about is Django Unchained and the controversial director is Quentin Tarantino.
    I think I would know, considering I'm friends and have worked with Elba

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  11. Cheetoboy

    @J.P. It's just a rumor that Idris Elba is meeting up for a role although that role isn't known yet and plus He said he working on a controversial role for a controversial director, Quentin isn't really all that controversial, but Django subject matter kind of is, But still we do not know for certain. And in my opinion I really want Will Smith to sign up for this, I think this would be a great role for him, people really underestimate him. But I guess we'll just half to wait and see, But I do greatly hope that Will and Leonardo will sign on.

    4 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  12. Jay.A.Ottley

    No probs moviewebbers

    @jptheredskull last i heard is that they're trying to get both of them in because Tarantino wants both of them and his a fan of both of them, especially The Wire.

    But my guess if it comes down to one or the other, i see Tarantino taking Elba, because its better from a financial perspective and well Tarantino is a massive fan of Elba.

    The 1st paragraph comes from a primary source and the 2nd paragraph is my own opinion if it comes down to Tarantino having to choose one.

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  13. Dan

    @jayaottley Cool, man. This is shaping up to be something special then. It already was with Tarantino, but this is great news.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  14. J.P.

    @jayaottley Sweet man! I already new but sweet! I am confused on one thing though, is Idris Elba up for the role of Django too? I thought Will Smith had the role all but locked?

    4 years agoby @jptheredskullFlag

  15. thedude-abides

    Awesome news! @jayaottley Thanks for the heads up.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  16. Jay.A.Ottley


    This isn't a rumour.... Its true.I went to a special screening of Django with Franco Nero attending and doing a Q & A and he confirmed during that he will be having a role in the film and that they've just casted Leonardo Dicapriano (lol, his accent :D) but trying to fit him into the filming schedule :)

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  17. ChristinaM15

    The cast is really stacking up; wicked excited.

    4 years agoby @christina-montanaFlag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    DO IT!!!!!!

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. Salem6777

    he is a fantastic actor!

    4 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  20. thedude-abides

    Leo desperately wanted to be a part of Inglourious Basterds 2 years ago, but the right role just wasn't there. I wouldn't be surprised if Quentin is making up for it with this movie.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  21. ejk1

    With DiCaprio on-board, this film may be the one to get Tarantino his Oscars. Leo is the transcendent talent QT's films have not had as of yet, and to get him will be a great coup for him.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. CUPID

    Cool, he should do it.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  23. Cheetoboy

    I damn sure agree @cripple, If both Will and Leonardo sign up, this would be so BADASS and AWESOME, Like you man I really hope it's true, I really want it to happen.

    4 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  24. Cheetoboy

    HELL YEAH, Leonardo should definitely do it, He would be great as a Villain. The casting news on this has been great so far, Although it is considered to just be rumors, But still I really hope Will Smith decides to do this, him facing off against possibly Samuel L Jackson & Leonardo Dicaprio would be SUPER BADASS, Like I said once again Hopefully they sign on especially Will Smith and Leornardo Dicaprio.

    4 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  25. Cripple

    That would be damn sweet if this turns out to be true.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

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