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Leonardo DiCaprio appears in a still from his 2010 film Inception. - Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment / Stephen Vaughan

Leonardo DiCaprio to join cast of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained,' report says

06/02/2011 by Olivia Allin

Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to join the cast of Quentin Tarantino's Western, "Django Unchained," The Wrap reports.

The film is said to follow a German dentist who becomes a bounty hunter and helps a freed slave named Django rescue his wife from plantation owner Calvin Candie.

Christoph Waltz, who took home an Oscar in 2010 for his supporting role in Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," has been confirmed for the role of the German doctor, Dr. Schultz. DiCaprio is rumored to be the front-runner to play a villainous plantation owner, but the report has not been confirmed.

Will Smith and Idris Alba are reportedly being considered for the role of Django, while Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to play Stephen, the head house slave at Candie's plantation.

DiCaprio was originally in consideration for Waltz's Oscar-winning role in "Inglourious Basterds." The actor has been nominated for three Oscars for his work in "Blood Diamond," "The Aviator" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." DiCaprio has also been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and won one in 2005 for "The Aviator."

DiCaprio will next appear in "J. Edgar," in which he will play FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. The film is slated for release on Dec. 14, 2011. He will also portray Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby" opposite Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.

DiCaprio recently broke up with his longtime girlfriend, Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli. He has recently been spotted holding hands with "Gossip Girl" actress Blake Lively, sparking rumors that they are dating.

In May, the script for "Django Unchained" leaked online and received mixed reviews from fans, according to Vanity Fair . The film is slated for a 2013 release.

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