With the shooting of Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained under way, and fans heavily anticipating the December 25th release date, it’s only a matter of time before more details and promotional materials leak out from the film’s production. To start, Sony Pictures and The Weinstein Company has released the following official synopsis for the film, which is as follows:
“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 andSchultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nomineeLeonardo 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…”
I’ve read the script, and I must say, encapsulated like that, it feels so much smaller. The film will definitely be a big, sweeping epic the way it’s written, and of course, what we’ve come to expect of Quentin Tarantino. I imagine we’ll get a first trailer in front of some big summer movie, even if it’s only a teaser. Maybe in front of The Amazing Spider-Man? As soon as we hear something, we’ll let you know. Who’s excited for this one?