Quentin Tarantino wants Will Smith to take the leading role in his upcoming spaghetti Western Django Unchained.
If Smith accepts he would play Django, a freed slave who is trained by a German bounty hunter so she can save his wife from a life of slavery.
For another role Samuel L. Jackson is being named, while Christoph Waltz was confirmed for a role by William Morris Endevor, although he has come out himself and denied any current involvement.
If accepted Jackson would play the role of the head slave to Monsieur Calvin Candie, a slave turned owner’s best asset who would have to face off against Django and Waltz (who would play the German bounty hunter).
Smith is currently filming the sure to be a success Men In Black III and is slated to star alongside son Jaden in an M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi film, which means Tarantino could be quite some time away from filming.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the Weinstein Company probably can’t afford a Will Smith size payroll, however many actors have worked with Tarantino for lower than average payouts, just to increase their “cool” factor with audiences. Then again, how much cooler could Will Smith really get.
No formal offer has been made to Will Smith at this time according to one report, while Variety claims an informal offer has been made and that Smith is willing to lower his normal fee to take the role.