Although Kerry Washington’s name has been floating around the project for months, it was only recently that Quentin Tarantino made the official decision to cast her as Django’s wife, Broomhilda. According to Deadline, the reason for the long wait was because Tarantino was “intrigued with making a discovery in the role,” and had hoped to find a breakout actress.
The reaction to this news has been decidedly mixed across the internet. According to the leaked script, Broomhilda spends most of her time on-screen naked and being raped. Many feel that this role is exploitative, and are disappointed that an actress of Washington’s caliber would resort to taking the part. Personally, I think people should wait until they see the actual movie before making judgments.
Congratulations to Ms. Washington!