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'Django Unchained' Update, Casting, Poster, Release Plans: Is Tarantino's Taboo-Buster a Holiday Movie?

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by Anne Thompson
April 12, 2012 4:11 PM
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The official synopsis for "Django Unchained" is here:

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz).  Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty.  The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles - dead or alive.
 
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways.  Instead, Schultz seeks out the South's most wanted criminals with Django by his side.  Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.    
 
Django andSchultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport.  Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie's trusted house slave.  Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them.  If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival...
 
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone.  The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole.  DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures.  
 
 
 

3 Comments

  • Donella | May 4, 2012 4:01 PMReply

    "African Americans will flock to this revenge actioner in droves." Doubtful. Most black people I know, feel 12 Years a Slave will be a more authentic, insightful depiction of slavery.

  • Anne Thompson | April 13, 2012 12:50 PMReply

    Good eye Sperling, I agree with you. Saul Bass all the way. Especially Otto Preminger's Advise and Consent.

  • J. Sperling Reich | April 12, 2012 7:12 PMReply

    Does anyone else think this poster looks like as if it could have been created by Saul Bass?

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