By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 13, 2012 at 4:29PM
The graphic poster for "Django Unchained" (December 25) is spare and actor-free, so we decided to fill in a character guide and an embellished official synopsis--we did read the Quentin Tarantino script.
"Django Unchained" is a rip-roaring revenge actioner set in the American South just two years before the Civil War. It follows Django, a slave freed and trained as a bounty hunter by sophisticated German-born Dr. King Schultz, who is appalled by the racist ways of the antebellum South. Django teams up with Schultz to bring him the bounty of the murderous Brittle brothers, in exchange for Schultz' help finding and rescuing his wife, Broomhilda, who is still a slave. They find her in the hands of the vicious Calvin Candie, the Mississippi plantation owner of the infamous Candyland, who also runs the Cleopatra Club that features sexually abused female slaves and mandingos forced to fight in death matches.
There, slaves are trained by Ace Woody (Kurt Russell), to battle each other for sport. According to the official synopsis: "If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…"
Django (Jamie Foxx): a freed slave, trained as a bounty hunter by Dr. King Schultz.
Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz): a German-born bounty hunter who teaches and works alongside Django.
Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio): a vicious and cruel owner of the plantation, "Candyland."
Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson): Candie’s right hand man/head house slave.
Broomhilda (Kerry Washington): Django's beloved wife, a slave.
Ace Woody (Kurt Russell): the trainer at Calvin Candie's plantation, who instructs the slaves to battle each other for sport.
Other characters include Scotty (Sacha Baron Cohen), Spencer Gordon Bennet (Don Johnson), Roy (Anthony LaPaglia), and more.