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Controversial? Hell, Yes! EW's First Look at Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 26, 2012 at 1:02PM

Christmas has come early, thanks to EW's first look at Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (out December 25).
Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Django Unchained'

Christmas has come early, thanks to EW's first look at Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (December 25).

Take a look at stars Leonardo DiCaprio as deranged plantation owner Calvin Candie, Jamie Foxx as Django, a rebellious slave searching for his wife Boomhilda (Kerry Washington), and Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz, the German bounty hunter who recruits Django and promises him his freedom in exchange for information that will help him to kill Django's former owners, the Brittle Brothers. Asked if the film will be controversial, Foxx tells EW: "Oh, hell yeah. You kidding me?" The character he plays is something along the lines of Richard Roundtree meets Clint Eastwood. We'll take it.

EW has more on the synopsis here. While the film is vintage Tarantino, it has a serious side. Says Foxx: “There’s a beautiful way [Tarantino] found for the characters to talk to each other. It’s mindblowing. You’ve never heard it this way,” the actor says. “You’ve seen movies deal with slavery — or westerns that never dealt with slavery – do it the safe way. This way is like … wow.”

Here's more.

'Django Unchained'
'Django Unchained'

This article is related to: Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Genres

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.