Here’s the first official trailer of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx (Collateral), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), and Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception). The story takes place before the Civil War and is about a freed slave who comes back to exact revenge on the slave master who originally imprisoned him and stole his wife. Tarantino has called this his ode to the western genre, but because of the setting and time period, he is calling this a “southern.”
Foxx plays the slave, Django and his liberator is Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), a German-born bounty hunter who needs Django’s help to capture the Brittle brothers dead or alive. As Django helps Schultz collect his bounties, he learns how to become a masterful hunter and before too long earns his freedom and sets his aim on Calvin Candle (DiCaptrio), the proprietor of the “Candyland” plantation, who is holding his Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) captive. See the trailer below.
Tarantino has made some great nods to westerns previously in his “Eastern-Western” Kill Bill, but I would recommend tracking down a copy of Sergio Corbucci’s essential spaghetti western, Django, and the Sergio Leone wing of the genre to get the most out of the latest QT experience. Waltz’s Schultz already looks like a nod to Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name who would play both sides as a bounty hunter in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Waltz looks to again, flourish with Tarantino’s script and Foxx has the role of a lifetime in a film that is not for the squeamish, the proper, or the sensitive.
Django Unchained has a cast of fan-favorite actor who Tarantino has worked with before including Samuel L. Jackson and Zoe Bell, Waltz and some exciting first timers Walton Goggins (Justified), M.C. Gainey (Lost), Don Johnson (Machete), RZA (Wu-Tang Clan), and of course Foxx, Washington and DiCaprio. It’s always fun to see actors work with Tarantino because often times we walk away with an unexpected and memorable performance. For example Tim Roth in Reservoir Dogs, John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, Pam Grier and Robert Forster in Jackie Brown, the late David Caradine and Sonny Chiba in Kill Bill and Brad Pitt and Waltz in Basterds. Also be on watch for a what will surely be memorable cameo by the original Django actor, Franco Nero who dragged behind him a coffin full of weapons.
We can’t open to open this present on Christmas!