Jamie Foxx is in negotiations to replace Will Smith in Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained.
Internet reports suggest the Oscar winner is a top choice to play the title character - a vengeful slave - in the film.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz have already signed on for the project. DiCaprio will reportedly play an evil plantation owner in the movie, which will hit cinemas at Christmas next year (12).
Kerry Washington is reportedly in talks to play Foxx's enslaved wife in the film.