Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western film, Django Unchained
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Django Unchained is an upcoming Western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christoph Waltz. The film is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2012. Principal photography started in California in November 2011, Wyoming in February 2012, and Louisiana in March 2012.[/quote]
he song “Unchain My Heart” meant something very different when Jamie Foxx re-created it in 2004’s Ray, but you could argue the title applies in a strange and more sinister way in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming revenge western Django Unchained.
The bond Foxx wants to break this time around is not a bad romance, but something far uglier and more painful: his slave status in the pre-Civil War South, which is the obstacle preventing him from going in search of his sold-off wife, played by Kerry Washington.
After the jump, Entertainment Weekly debuts the first two photos from the movie, which hits theaters on Dec. 25, and we also talk with Foxx about this southern-fried take on the spaghetti western.
Does he think Django Unchained will be controversial? “Oh, hell yeah,” Foxx says. “You kidding me?”
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The Oscar winner describes his character as Shaft’s “Richard Roundtree meets Clint Eastwood.”
After being sent to a chain gang after rebelling against his owners, Django is recruited by a German bounty hunter (Inglorious Basterd’s Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, below, with Foxx) to help him settle an old score. Django has information that Waltz’s Dr. King Schultz needs, so the German mercenary liberates the slave and promises that if he helps him kill the Brittle brothers, Django’s old owners, he’ll make it worth his while. “He says, ‘I’ll kill ‘em, and you’ll get some money and be on your way as a free man,’” Foxx says.
Along the way, the duo end up crossing paths with Leonardo DiCaprio’s hammer-wielding character (below), a deranged plantation owner named Calvin Candie, who likes to make his toughest slaves fight to the death in gladiatorial combat. “Candie is a businessman 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.”
A century and a half later, slavery is a sensitive subject, and though Tarantino is a filmmaker known more for his flamboyant, violent storytelling than sober exploration of historical issues, Foxx says there is a serious side to Django Unchained. “There’s a beautiful way [Tarantino] found for the characters to talk to each other. It’s mind-blowing. 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.”
Many of these exchanges take place amid the evolving relationship between Django and Schultz. “Christoph’s character is a little aloof to what slavery actually is. He’s not familiar with everything, and when he sees atrocities, it’s Greek to him,” Foxx says. “But Django lets him know this is the way the world is and we got to get used to it. He teaches Django certain things he needs to become a whole man, and [Django] also teaches Christoph that when life deals you these cards, here’s what you’ve got to do.”
Ultimately, as we mentioned at the beginning, Django Unchained is a story about the heart, and the way cruelty can destroy the things we love most. But don’t expect anything sappy. The whole enterprise will be tinged with vengeance.
“All Django wants to do is get his wife,” Foxx says. “He’s not trying to cure or solve slavery. He just wants to get his life back.”[/quote]
Wow, I can feel that its going to be good already.
This is gonna be so awesome. Love the cast, but it sucks Joseph Gordon-Levitt dropped out, even if it was just a small role.
Western Django was pretty cool, except for Q.T. being in it.
Di Caprio as a villain finally. This is what will bring this year to the brink of awesome.
Mmmyes, this is going to be delicious. I expect nothing less from Tarantino. All his films are brilliant, so.
It will be fun to see him fully tackle the western-setting which he kind of touched in Inglorious Basterds, and seeing Waltz again will be nice. I loved him as Hans Landa.
[QUOTE=AK'z;35733500]Di Caprio as a villain[/QUOTE]
Finally a movie where Caprio doesn't play the same character as always. I think he'll be a good villain.
Holy crap. It took me a while before I noticed Di Caprio in that photo.
[editline]27th April 2012[/editline]
Wait... Is that even Di Caprio?
Sort of looks like Benicio Del Toro in that picture:
I'm so looking forward to seeing this.
I was excited for this before, but just looking at those screenshots makes me even more excited, like most Tarantino films it just LOOKS so interesting.
8 months until release.
Could be worse.
2012. Best year for movies.
Christoph Waltz and Quentin Tarantino. This movie is already incredibly awesome.
I can't fucking wait.
I don't know how this will turn out since his editor died last year. She was responsible for crafting his films as much as the writing.
[QUOTE=Nikota;35773314]I don't know how this will turn out since his editor died last year. She was responsible for crafting his films as much as the writing.[/QUOTE]
Damn, that's a shame. He'll probably have a dedication for her in the credits.
The plot sounds so fucking badass and I'm glad we're getting another awesome western film.
We need a trailer :v:
[QUOTE=postal;35731289]This is gonna be so awesome. Love the cast, but it sucks Joseph Gordon-Levitt dropped out, even if it was just a small role.[/QUOTE]
joseph gordon levitt is such a faggot why does everyone on facepunch ride his cock
Tarantino probably thought he was too much of a bitch to be in one of his movies
[QUOTE=Lemonator;35800066]Tarantino probably thought he was too much of a bitch to be in one of his movies[/QUOTE]
Dropped out is not the same as failed to be cast. he was cast, but had to back out to direct a movie of his.
Oh shit, DiCaprio as a villain? It's about time!
[editline]2nd May 2012[/editline]
And in a good ol' western to boot!