Kerry Washington On The Shortlist For Lead Female Role In Django Unchained

By Katey Rich 2011-06-23 13:23:27discussion comments
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Amid the flurry of stories confirming yesterday that Jamie Foxx is probably the star of Quentin Tarantino's next film Django Unchained, it was easy to miss one intriguing detail in Variety. They report that Kerry Washington has met with Tarantino, and is one of the top contenders to play Broomhilda, the wife of the titular character Django who's been kidnapped by her owner, to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio. There aren't a ton of African American actresses as famous as Foxx, DiCaprio or co-star Christoph Waltz , or in the right age range to play Foxx's wife, so it makes sense that Washington would pop up on the list.

And yet, it's also really exciting to see her in contention. Washington is one of those actresses who's ridiculously talented but who flies so often under the radar, thanks to strong performances in underseen movies like Mother and Child, Night Catches Us and For Colored Girls, and the general challenge of being an African-American actress in an industry that still skews heavily white. I'm curious about who else might be meeting with Tarantino for the part-- maybe Washington's For Colored Girls co-star Anika Noni Rose, or an unknown actress?-- but without even having read the widely circulated script, I'm dying to see Washington take on the challenge.
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