By Lanford Beard
Updated September 14, 2011 at 03:18 PM EDT
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Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to reunite with director Quentin Tarantino in the auteur’s Mississippi-set, ultra-violent spaghetti Western Django Unchained, reports Reuters. Jackson will play house slave Stephen. Jamie Foxx is expected to ink a deal to play the title character, a freed slave who partners with a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife from villainous plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Jackson will begin filming his role in January after he finishes his run as Martin Luther King, Jr., in Broadway’s The Mountaintop.

Tarantino previously directed Jackson in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

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