A couple of weeks back, Electroshadow gave you your first glimpse of artwork and plot details from “Django Unchained”. Today, we have our first-ever look at official stills from the Quentin Tarantino Spaghetti Western! These come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, and the first pic features Leonardo DiCaprio as the villainous slave plantation owner Calvin Candie. The 2nd one has Christoph Waltz as bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz and the slave he helped free, Django, played by Jamie Foxx.
The interesting thing about these images is the tone Tarantino seems to be striking. It doesn’t look like your typical, gritty, realistic Western that been in vogue for the last few decades (a la “Unforgiven”). The costumes have the slight whiff of whimsy to them, suggesting the film itself might be more than a little stylised.
EW also got a few words out of Foxx, who spoke about his character: “All Django wants to do is get his wife. He’s not trying to cure or solve slavery. He just wants to get his life back.”
He elaborated on how Tarantino has come up with a fresh and unique take on the slavery issue: “There’s a beautiful way he found for the characters to talk to each other. It’s mindblowing. You’ve never heard it this way. You’ve seen movies deal with slavery — or westerns that never dealt with slavery – do it the safe way. This way is like … wow.”
So far, so good. “Django Unchained” also stars 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. Expect it to play here during Oscar season early next year.