Nowadays there are so few films that I truly look forward to seeing in the theatre. It’s truly quite sad. I can literally count on one hand how many films I want to see during the remainder of 2012. They are: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, The Hobbit, and Django Unchained.
I’ve had a good idea what to expect from the first four movies for sometime now. Until the middle of this month, the fifth movie was kind of a mystery. That’s when The Weinstein Company released the films official synopsis and teaser poster (which you can see below). The poster showed two characters, but only silhouettes. We were all left wondering what sort of look Tarantino would be going for in the film, in regard to his characters.
Well we can finally stop wondering, as two images have been released which show Leonardo DiCaprio, as Calvin Candie, and Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx, as Dr. King Schultz and Django. Check out the images for yourself below.
Foxx recently talked with EW and said that “Candie [Dicaprio] is a business man who owns a plantation called Candie Land, and that’s where my wife ends up being,” Foxx says. To find her, “we have to get in good with Candie, by me playing a valet for Christoph’s character.”
Foxx describes his character as Shaft’s “Richard Roundtree meets Clint Eastwood”. He would continue saying, “There’s a beautiful way [Tarantino] found for the characters to talk to each other. It’s mindblowing. You’ve never heard it this way,” the actor says. “You’ve seen movies deal with slavery – or westerns that never dealt with slavery – do it the safe way. This way is like … wow.”
Below you’ll find the films official synopsis and minimalist teaser poster.
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
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