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I Heard a Rumor (Yes, I Am Ashamed to Use a Bananarama Lyric): Idris Elba up for Tarantino's Django?

By Cindy Davis | Industry | May 31, 2011 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | May 31, 2011 |

If you dream it, it will come (to fruition)? Who knew? The interwebtastical, mouse-driven Rumor Mill is in full gear this morning, after actor Idris Elba (Thor, RocknRolla “The Big C, Luther, The Wire”) took to tweeting about an a mysterious meeting:

“Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today…meeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part.”

and later,

“I wish I could tell you more but…in due time. On the plane to the destination of my fate…..ok…. a lil dramatic….destination of my life..?”

I certainly wasn’t the only speculator whose mind immediately went to Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti western styled, slavery revenge film, Django Unchained; my heart did a little leap. Christoph Waltz has already been cast as the German bounty hunter/assassin who goes on a journey with freed slave, Django, to track down and rescue his enslaved wife. Last week, I chose to ignore the “news” that Will Smith was first in line to play Django, terrified that it might actually be true. (No, Tarantino! No!) It’s not that Smith couldn’t (possibly?) handle the part, but rather that he’s just wrong for it. And perhaps the director heard the collective cries of despair across the webosphere, perhaps his people heard our people and he decided to set up this fated meeting? Clearly Elba and his gravitas, his ability to convey emotions without a single word and his soulful eyes belong in this film.

According to The Playlist, the role of Stephen, a slave who works for the plantation owner who is keeping Django’s wife, has been offered to Samuel L. Jackson.

So, is Idris Elba meeting with Tarantino about starring as Django, or perhaps, did Jackson decline and Elba is up for that part? Though we can only continue to speculate for the time being, I can’t imagine those tweets were over anything less than a lead role. So I’m going to do a little version of a rain dance around my house—but in this case, we’ll call it a please-let-Idris-be-Django dance—and you do a little dance around your house; we’ll get this thing done.

Just imagine Christoph Waltz and Idris Elba sharing the big screen and kicking ass. And if that’s not enough speculative fuel to get you through the evening, there’s yet another rumor floating around today, started by a Jeff Goldsmith tweet, that Leonardo DiCaprio may be cast as the villain, Calvin Candie, a plantation owner and former slaveoner of Django.

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