Some casting rumors/news for Django Unchained. QT is pursuing Will Smith for the lead role.
Smith is being teed up for the title role of Django, a freed slave who seeks to reunite with his slave wife, a journey that will see him team with a German bounty hunter to take down an evil plantation owner.
Already all-but-attached to the film are Samuel L. Jackson (house slave) and Christop Waltz (bounty hunter).
So the wide-spread rumor is that the next Tarantino film will be Django Unchained – effectively what he has previously referred to as his ‘southern’ film. This film is going to somewhat be an homage to the 1966 film Django, directed by Sergio Corbucci with a bit of nod to 2007′s Sukiyaki Western Django from Takashi Miike. Tarantino played the role of Ringo in the Takashi Miike film.
A draft of the script was leaked online at Obsessed With Film, but I was too slow to get a copy before they had to take it down. They do still have an outline of the plot that you can read.
Vanity Fair has more info, though everything at this stage in the development process is still subject to being changed.