The first trailer has arrived for Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained, an equal parts spaghetti western and slavery/vengeance epic. Set in the South two years before the Civil War, the film stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave with a brutal history who is rescued by German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz enlists him to help find the murderous Brittle brothers, and in return promises to reunite Django with his long-lost wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), who is likely being held by big-time plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Don Johnson also stars, although he only appears briefly here. For fans of Tarantino’s work, this trailer does not disappoint, promising his signature blend of brutal violence, caustic wit, great soundtrack, exaggerated sense of reality, and cool style (check out that Leone-esque zoom on DiCaprio!). The cast look uniformly great, with DiCaprio in particular looking likely to steal the film, and I’m definitely excited for Django Unchained‘s Christmas release. Of course, Tarantino’s treatment of race has been controversial at times and the story here – with its potential to gloss over the horrors of slavery – is likely to draw more criticism than ever, but I don’t think it’s worth discussing such matters until the film is released later this year.
Django Unchained is due December 25. Watch the first trailer and check out the poster below (via The Playlist).