Deadline are reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star as the “charming but ruthless” villainous ranch owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s next film ‘Django Unchained,’ a Sergio Leone inspired spaghetti Western about a slave in the Old South who teams with a German bounty hunter to search for his wife.

The report also goes on to say that there’s a higher likelihood of DiCaprio taking part in the film at this point than Will Smith, who has been linked to play the title role of Django, a slave who is liberated and taught the tricks of the trade by a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter. That role is expected to be played by Christoph Waltz. Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson is also expected to play the role of Rodney, Candie’s valet who keeps the slaves in line at Candie’s residence. The slave is an expert manipulator and will face off with Django. The likes of Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker have also been linked to play Django.

‘Django Unchained’ will pay homage to the Sergio Corbucci original ‘Django,’ Takashi Miike’s ‘Sukiyaki Western Django,’ which features Tarantino, and Elmore Leonard’s novel ’40 Lashes Less One.’ My hopes are ridiculously high for this film! Tarantino + spaghetti western = YES PLEASE!