Jamie Foxx has landed the lead role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained .
Being touted as a ‘Southern’, Unchained will reportedly play with western movie tropes and relocate them to the Deep South.
Foxx will play a freed slave who attempts to save his lover from a malicious plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
He’s aided in that quest by a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz).
Previously, Tarantino offered the slave role to Will Smith, who graciously turned it down. After meeting with Idris Elba, Terrence Howard and Chris Tucker, Tarantino finally settled on Foxx.
Though it's disappointing that neither Smith nor Elba will get to tackle the role, Foxx is a fine replacement.
Django Unchained opens 25 December 2012.