Will Smith for Tarantino's Django Unchained?

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Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this Western drama is set in the Deep South and follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave who treks across America with Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German dentist turned bounty hunter. Together, they try to retrieve Django's wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the charming but sadistic Francophile plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his band of ruthless slavers.
May 9th, 2011

Will Smith is being pursued by Quentin Tarantino for a role in 'Django Unchained'.

The 'Men in Black' actor has been offered the role informally by the director, who is said to have written a role with him in mind.

The movie tells the tale of a slave who becomes a bounty hunter on a mission to save his wife Broomhilda from her master.

Christoph Waltz is already in line to play the role of Dr. King Shultz, and Will - who has turned away from big screen roles in favour of working behind the scenes on movies in recent years - is thought to be seriously considering the party as he is keen to diversify his work, despite it meaning a significant pay cut.

Samuel L. Jackson is also being considered for the character of Stephen, a manipulative servant to the leading bad guy.

Will recently signed up to appear in M. Night Shayamalan's new sci-fi film set 1,000 years in the future alongside his son Jaden, and is working on the third instalment of 'Men in Black'.