Django Unchained: First Look

Posted by Grey Thursday, April 12, 2012

We have our first look at Django Unchained, the much-anticipated next film by auteur film-maker Quentin Tarantino with the release of the official poster and synopsis from The Weinstein Company.

Auteur film-maker Quentin Tarantino is well-known for his love of pulp cinema in its various genres and Spaghetti Western is apparently among one of his favorite with his involvement in Takashi Miike's 2007 Spaghetti Western/Samurai mash-up fantasy film, Sukiyaki Western Django.

Now, with his next film, Tarantino will be dipping his hands in yet another cinematic genre reinvention with "Django Unchained."

For those unfamiliar with the Spaghetti Western genre, the namesake "Django" is perhaps synonymous with the film genre, as a result of the influence of Sergio Corbucci's 1966 Italian film, Django. With Django Unchained, Tarantino utilized the unconventional choice of an African American protagonist with the story set in the Slavery era. Jamies Foxx is cast as the eponymous character, an escaped sllave hell bent on rescuing his wife from an evil and sadistic plantation owner that will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio, in one his most interesting roles in years. Django do not operate alone though as he teams up with a German bounty hunter played by the actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal as a German bounty hunter (SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds), Christoph Waltz.

There is without a shadow of a doubt that Django Unchained will be a fun ride down the West. Ahead of its Christmas Day release, The Weinstein Company has released an official poster and synopsis of the film. Hit the jump to check them out.

The Spanish version courtesy of JoBlo.

Another version of the poster with significantly different resolution.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

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…

Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International.


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