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Quentin Tarantino May Be Writing A Part In Django Unchained For Michael K. Williams

Rejection is never easy, but it's something that actors have to deal with all the time. A filmmaker might tell you that you're the perfect person for a role, but the person that comes in right after you may impress them even more. Up-and-comers deal with this on a day to day basis, but I imagine it must be even harder for an established actor to lose out on a part. Take Michael K. Williams, for example. Though he earned endless praise for his role as Omar on the hit HBO show The Wire, he recently told Shadow and Act that it was down to just him and Jaime Foxx for the lead role Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Williams ended up losing the title part, but don't start shedding tears for him just yet.

According to the actor, Tarantino and Williams have continued to talk and he may end up with a role in the movie anyway. "It’s not official yet but there’s a lot of talk that there may be a role coming back ‘round my way," the actor said. "His people and my people have been in discussions in regards to a role that he is creating for me." Should Tarantino gift Williams with a special role, he will find himself surrounded by top-tier talent on the set. In addition to Foxx, the cast already includes Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Gerald McRaney. The movie tells the story of an escaped slave (Foxx) who teams up with a German bounty hunter (Waltz) to get revenge against his former owner (DiCaprio) and rescue his wife.

Williams hasn't exactly been struggling since The Wire ended in 2008, having landed multiple parts in film and a recurring role on HBO's Boardwalk Empire as Chalky White, the "mayor" of Atlantic City's African-American population. If you can't wait any longer for your Michael K. Williams fix, however, be sure to tune into the season premiere of NBC's Community tomorrow night, where the actor will as Professor Kane, the college's biology professor.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.