Director Quentin Tarantino has found his female lead for Django Unchained, casting Kerry Washington as Broomhilda.

The story centers on Jamie Foxx's title character, who is freed by a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) and taught the bounty-hunting trade. Django yearns to be reunited with his wife (Kerry Washington), which leads to a showdown at the Candyland ranch of plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

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It is said that Quentin Tarantino has long been eyeing Kerry Washington for Broomhilda, but was also considering the possibility of discovering an unknown actress for the role. After a fruitless casting search, the director went back to Kerry Washington, who started negotiations last night.

Quentin Tarantino will direct Django Unchained from his own screenplay. It isn't known when production will begin on Django Unchained.