First Images from Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio

     April 26, 2012


The first official images from Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained have gone online.  The film stars Jamie Foxx as Django, an escaped slave who goes to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from sadistic plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) by teaming up with bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz).  The story is set in the pre-Civil War south but has the style of a spaghetti western.

Hit the jump to check out the images along with what Foxx had to say about the movie.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, M.C. Gainey, Garrett Dillahunt, Dennis Christopher, Gerald McRaney, Laura Cayouette, Don Johnson, Tom Savini, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Django Unchained opens December 25th.



Slavery is a tough issue for a major Hollywood film to tackle, especially with a white director at the helm, but Foxx tells EW that despite Tarantino’s irreverent edge (Candie’s plantation is called “Candie Land”; Waltz’s character having “Dr. King” in his name), the film does have maturity when addressing America’s shameful history:

“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.”

django-unchained-movie-poster-teaserFoxx also provided some more background on the relationship between Django (who he describes as “Shaft meets Clint Eastwood“) 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.”

Here’s the official synopsis for Django Unchained:

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.

  • Sugreev2001

    Hopefully,Quentin makes Leo into a total badass psychopath like Henry Ford from Once Upon a Time In The West.

    • Nomis1700

      That’d be awesome!

    • pills_26

      Oh please god yes.

    • Dave

      You mean Henry Fonda. The subversion of his image, established by his Westerns with John Ford among others, was brilliant. Indeed what Tarantino is doing with DiCaprio could do a similar thing.

    • Austin H

      I’ve read the script and that was actually the character I had in mind.

  • Freddy

    I can’t wait for this, seeing these actors in a tarantino movie is going to be great and christoph waltz is nothing short of amazing

  • joseph

    foxx`s outfit would be okay in the late 1870`s but not pre civil war ! his hat is wrong ,and no one carried a pistol that way till after the civil war ! and it best not be a cartridge firing piece ! knowing how historically inaccurate these films seem to be ,I`m willing to bet it`s an 1873 colt army model , aka the peace maker ! if the acting is good , and the film well written that could at least offset the lack of historical correctness !

    • Steve

      Have you seen Inglorious Basterds? Tarantino doesn’t have much time for historical accuracy.

    • Dannyboy3030

      I think Joseph is a Civil War Reenactor

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    • Marty

      Who care the historical stuff ?

  • Hugo

    in this age of pure sequels prequels remakes comic adaptations and what not, Tarantino i almost , at least in hollywood, the only author, the only man actually capable of creating a MOVIE, in the purest highest definition of the word.
    This one sure looks like another one of those, another masterpiece on his amazing career.
    The guy is been talking about making only a handful of movies in his life, and retiring early , before he runs out of gas; but i hope he continues to write and direct for many many years.

    • Josh

      Tarantino doesn’t make original movies. His movies are just full length homages to other directors in the genre. The last great Tarantino movie was Jackie Brown. The guy went from directing intresting character based movies with explosive dialog. To directing these worn out, homage driven pieces of shit. I’ve read a copy of the script, and while it might please die hard Tarantino fanboys, it’s a far from being as good as his LA trilogy.

    • Sanjuro

      I doubt anyone agrees, but I think Wes Anderson stole the ball from Tarantino awhile ago. His films are very original and captures the essence of things, while Tarantino blatantly rips things of while maintaining a veneer of it being original.
      I say all this as someone who read every Tarantino book in high school and used to idolize the man. He had talked of adapting several Elmore Leonard Westerns… and it seems to me the “failure” of Jackie Brown (his best movie imop) scared him away or scared his ego enough that he can’t do adaptations anymore, so he found a way to do the same thing without having to come right out and say it.
      I think adapting someone else work occasionally makes for a stronger director, Christopher Nolan and the Prestige, Wes Anderson and Mr. Fox come to mind.
      I hope QT can come back around, but cocaine is a hell of a drug, and the place in my heart for QT has been won back by the original man he ripped of, Martin Scorsese, who realized coke doesn’t make one a better artist.

      • Anon

        Eh the Prestige is one of Nolan’s weakest works in my opinion.

        Jamie Foxx looks way out of period in that get up. He looks like he walked off a country music video with that hat. Leo D looks awesome though, I’m getting a Bill “The Butcher” vibe.

  • patl

    Cant wait to see this….december cannot come fast enough.

  • Beatific

    Up until now I still thought Will Smith was playing Django. Must be a bit behind. This looks like it’ll be great.

  • glr

    I love how they gave Jaime Foxx Little Joe’s clothes from bonanza.

    • Jimmy B

      I knew they looked familiar.

  • Junierizzle

    I think Leo might have a shot at his first Oscar. Can’t wait to see him in this.

  • Jimmy B

    Too many people adore everything Tarantino does. It’s easy to find out who’s a fanboy and who’s not. If you think Inglourious Basterds was one of his best pictures, you’re a fanboy. If you’re a little sceptic about Django Unchained, you’re not a fanboy.

    • mattinacan

      just saying the words fan boy make you sound like a idiot

    • VocabDoctor

      I’ll tell you what, if you can effectively illustrate the correlation between a fanboy (classical definition) and any measure of affinity for Inglourious Basterds as a Tarantino best, you have my unmitigated attention.

      Until then, consider yourself a ghost and a mongoloid one at that.

      I consider Inglourious Basterds to be up there with the rest of Tarantino’s work, although I secretly enjoy IB more than any of them.


  • Alan

    You can just tell that DiCaprio is going to be a massive prick in this, and it’s going to be fucking brilliant to see

  • j

    So stoked for this movie….id watch ANYthing Tarantino did, but even if I didn’t know who the director of this movie was; I’d watch it.. just for this aweesome cast

  • mattedscreen

    Leo makes the worst Thor EVER!

  • jarvis3205

    Oddly enough…whether or not you want to label yourself a fanboy or an adoring addict…I’m whatever you want to stamp me as when it comes to QT.

    Homage or not…the man’s got gifts & talents like so many others.

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  • James

    Loving the look of Leo! Bad ass!

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  • Budd case

    Tarantino makes the kind of movies he’d like to see.

    • potterboy

      I think every director SHOULD be like that(if not, i don’t know if they’re in the right mind). at the end of the day, when you’re finished with the movie, and not a lot of people like it, you’ll still have a movie that you’ll like.

  • eganoipse

    I don’t know why people would think this is historically inaccurate…if you’ve ever seen photographs of Texas Rangers circa 1850 you’ll know that dudes back then looked almost exactly like Django (including the pistol worn on the hip and the style of the hat). Everyone always associates this look with the late 1800′s because of western films, but historically this look did start around pre-Civil War times in the 1850′s.

    And Tarantino lucked out with Will Smith taking a pass – Jamie Foxx is perfect for this role!

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  • railroadwino

    I agree with whoever said Will Smith would have been completely wrong as Django. Having read the script (and not to gush) it is literally the most perfectly cast film I’ve ever seen (bold, I know). There is one glaring oversight though and that is Kurt Russell replacing Kevin Costner as the slave trainer (I know he opted out blahblah). Maybe I will be proven wrong when it’s released but in my mind while reading the script there was literally not one casting choice out of place besides Kurt Russell. He just doesn’t have the sadistic menace to inhabit the character when I read the script. Now Costner, there’s a living piece of shit.

  • titan3

    I was always wary of Jamie Foxx in this role but I like this first shot of him… Waltz and DiCaprio also look great here.

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  • Bheaya Emortalis

    Just as long as the movie isn’t going to be centered around dialog, i’m down.