Quentin Tarantino is unveiling his latest cinematic creation this winter with Django Unchained (remember, the D is silent) – a tale set in the Antebellum South that meshes together elements of the Spaghetti western with Blaxploitation.

So far the trailers have prompted the sort of split responses one expects to a Tarantino flick, but the actual film could bridge the gap between fans and non-fans for one reason: unlike some of Tarantino’s previous post-modern homages, there may be a heart beating beneath Django‘s slick exterior.

Django Unchained samples from and subverts old-fashioned genre tropes (like all of Tarantino’s films), while providing an outlet for viewers to fantasize about what they might’ve done had they been alive during slavery-era America (similar to what Inglourious Basterds does for WWII). However, Jamie Foxx has said that it was the love story – between Django and his wife Broomhilda von Shaft (Kerry Washington – and yes, the character is meant to be John Shaft’s ancestor) – that resonated with him after reading the script.

The new international trailer alludes to that element of the film, but also focuses on the sense of brotherhood that forms between German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and Django after the duo initially team-up for their own self-motivated purposes. Django Unchained, in other words, has the potential to be Tarantino’s most soulful film yet; though, rest assured, it won’t be lacking in terms of the man’s calling cards (ie. hip dialogue, sadistic humor, and gleeful violence).

Check out the new characters posters for Django Unchained below:


Here is an excerpt from the official Django Unchained synopsis:

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 Unchained opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

Source: The Film Stage