So far, almost nothing has been seen or heard of director Quentin Tarantino’s next film, the Spaghetti Western revenge tale “Django Unchained”. Some fuzzy on-set images popped up last week, but those didn’t reveal very much. Today, The Weinstein Company finally decided to start promoting the film, with a teaser poster (via Yahoo! Movies). This is our first ever official look at something from the project, though it doesn’t show any real images of the actors or the setting. The poster doesn’t even include the title, with the closest clue that this isn’t some fan art being the URL to the official website, www.unchainedmovie.com.
I’m liking the minimalist, retro design here. It’s certainly a callback to classic stuff by legendary 60s graphic artist Saul Bass, with bold graphic elements set against strong solid colours. The last broken chain link leading down to the film’s principal characters is also a clever hint at the slavery theme. Classy, simple and evocative. Let’s see what else comes up from the studio, leading up to the year-end release…
Here’s the official synopsis: “The title character Django (Jamie Foxx) is a freed slave, who under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) becomes a badass bounty hunter himself. After assisting Waltz on taking down some bad guys for profit, he is in turn assisted by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner. The film deals with racism, while it’s 100 percent pure popcorn and revenge flick, it takes on the evil slave owning south.”
“Django Unchained” also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Tom Wopat, James Remar, James Russo and Todd Allen. It premieres 25th December in the US.