Oh, Leonardo DiCaprio. Thanks to his newfound fondness for tragic protagonists who stress out like gangbusters and usually get killed within the last half-hour, it's always nice to pause and reflect on how far the guy's come since his days as Jack Dawson. He's mighty intense, he's kind of a badass, and we honestly don't know why it took so long for him to start playing the bad guy.

And wouldn't you know it, word on the street is that DiCaprio is currently in talks to star as a ruthless slave owner named Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino's next project, 'Django Unchained.' After announcing last year that his next project would be "Southern," Tarantino's story supposedly revolves around a freed slave who returns to Candie's Mississippi club of prostitution and death matches to seek out vengeance and rescue his wife. Well, if you're gonna go evil, ruthless slave owners are probably a swell place to start.

Since it's a new Quentin Tarantino movie, we're champing at the bit for this to hit theaters already, but if everything goes according to plan, it looks like DiCaprio will also be working alongside Tarantino vets Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz, who have already signed up to play Candie's valet and a German dentist-turned–bounty hunter, respectively. No word yet on a release date or whether Will Smith will answer the call to play the lead role of Django the free slave, but we've got our fingers crossed.

What do you think about Leo as the villain: About darn time, or just can't see it?

[via Deadline]