June 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM ET
Quentin Tarantino’s latest shoot 'em up, revenge spectacle “Django Unchained,” doesn’t come out until Christmas, but Tarantino and the Weinstein Co. have whet our palette with Wednesday's release of the punchy trailer.
Ever since 2007, when Tarantino told The Daily Telegraph that he was looking to shoot a spaghetti Western, expectations have been high for the famous pop-culture-obsessed auteur’s newest film. Will Smith, who Tarantino had initially written the lead role of Django for, declined the part while Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner dropped out just before production. Yet none of this derailed the powerhouse film, which borrowed half its name from Sergio Corbucci’s hyper-violent 1966 Western “Django.”
In the trailer for the new film, Tarantino showcases his usual blend of shockingly gruesome violence, quick wit and charmingly sadistic characters as dentist-turned-bounty-hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) buys the freedom of a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) to help him capture the murderous Brittle brothers. After reaping their bounty, the duo chooses to stay together and head off to rescue Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who's enslaved by Calvin Candie, a wry plantation owner played by a drawling Leonardo DiCaprio.
As Django transitions from sad man on the chain gang to gun-toting bounty hunter hell-bent on finding his wife, the music changes and the excitement kicks in.
Check it out:
“Gentlemen, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention,” Candie tells Dr. Schultz and Django in the trailer.
The Francophile slave-owner might as well have been talking to those of us who watched the teaser. “Django Unchained,” you have our attention. See you Christmas day.
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