This year, many Christmases around the country will be shared with family; people spending warm moments by a roaring fire, drinking coffee and eating cookies. They’ll be opening presents and watching It’s A Wonderful Life under a blanket. The lucky ones will have a fresh bit of white powder and a hill nearby for some afternoon sledding.
I’ll be in a dark movie theater watching Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Django Unchained.
The film, slated for release on December 25th, is as much-anticipated as any other Tarantino film. The cast is unsurprisingly quirky, filled with names like DiCaprio, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Foxx, and Kurt Russell. It’s a western (or “southern,” according to Tarantino) that’s sure to bring his odd charm to a bleak landscape.
We’ve known the basics surrounding the plot for a little while now. But today, The Weinstein Company has dropped the full official synopsis, and it sounds amazing. Check it out below (possible spoilers, depending on how sensitive you are):
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…
We also just got our first glimpse at this teaser poster, which would make any minimalist proud:
Are you excited about this upcoming film? Let us know in the comments.