Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ Will Be Released On Christmas 2012

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:12 pm,

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The ball is rolling on Quentin Tarantino’s next pastiche project, Django Unchained, and rumors continue to circulate about who exactly will play the titular ex-slave-on-a-revenge-mission. For now, though, fans will just have to be satisfied with the knowledge that the film has snagged an official release date.

Django Unchained is set to hit theaters on December 25th, 2012 – and much like this year’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it’ll offer extra appeal to moviegoers who are looking for something on the darker and more violent side to watch during the holidays.

So far there have been three actors – Will Smith, Idris Elba, and most recently Jamie Foxx – rumored as candidates to star in Tarantino’s next film. While all three of these gentleman have their share of supporters and detractors, the one thing fans do seem to agree on is that Tarantino excels at making excellent (if often unorthodox) casting decisions. So whomever he ultimately selects for the role of Django has the potential to make the part an iconic one.

Leonardo DiCaprio is the only star who appears to be officially set for Django Unchained, which will feature the multiple Oscar-nominee as a vicious slave plantation baron who owns Django’s wife. Both Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson look to be all but locked for the respective roles of a German bounty hunter (Waltz) who joins forces with Django on his mission to rescue his wife, and DiCaprio’s right-hand man, an older slave and (according to an unconfirmed early screenplay description) an “expert manipulator” who aims to take Django down (Jackson).

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Sergio Corbuccci's 'Django' inspired the title of Tarantino's new film.

Tarantino is undeniably talented at taking pulpy genre elements, tropes, and aesthetic hallmarks, and re-mixing them together with his now recognizable brand of sharp dialogue and preference for playing with genre conventions. The result is usually a final product that both pays homage to the classic films he loves, while also working as its own original creation. That was very much the case with pictures like Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, and Inglourious Basterds, so there’s all the more reason for Taratino fans to be excited about what the unique auteur has up his sleeve this time.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of Django Unchained as more information is released.

Source: The Weinstein Company

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  1. “…a German bounty hunter who joins forces with Django on his mission to rescue his wife (Waltz)”

    so… Christoph Waltz is the wife?

    • LOL!

    • What, you don’t want to see Waltz play Will Smith or Idris Elba’s wife? Sounds like a pretty bad-ass couple to me. 😎

      On a more serious note: I changed that sentence around – lest anyone else become confused.

  2. I want Idris Alba for the role, and is this the first Terantino film to get a release in Christmas?

    • this is his second i believe… the first is Jackie Brown, and although i was never been a big fan of that film, i sure hope that his second Christmas film would be “different” than his last one.

      i prefer Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill and definitely Pulp Fiction mode.. those movies were bloody entertaining in their own unique way.. Jackie Brown was more of a character work(that just lacked energy compared to his other films. people say it’s the reason it’s his best. i think otherwise). but QT can make great character work without lessening the energy.. Kill Bill Vol 2 is a great example of this..

  3. I think Smith is a great actor, but I don’t think the timing is right for him to do something like this nor do I think he has the range or comfort to really pull it off. Elba I like, but again, he’s never done something like this so there’s no telling whether he’d be right for the role. But Foxx would be perfect for this I think. Big name Academy Award winner who can do pretty much any kind of movie, set loose by a director like Tarantino, I like it. Also, talk of Dicaprio in this makes my pants all tingly. Two Oscar winners, two other nominees who should be winners, and Tarantino, wow.

  4. December 2012 is starting to look like a crowded period for films I’m looking forward to. Django Unchained, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, The Hobbit and possibly Paul Thomas Anderson current project may well be released then too.

  5. Probably releasing the film at Christmas because the producers think there are characters written that will get award buzz. Understandable but I was hoping we would get to see it sooner.

  6. I can’t wait! I hope this will turn out better than Inglorious Basterds, the movie was wickedly shot but had No Pulse at all. -It’s about time QT, been waiting patiently since Kill Bill.

  7. Tarantino overrated? I used to be a fan but after Death Proof and the subtitled Inglorious Basterds very disappointed in Tarantino. Does QT have a clue about anything? I’m not so sure anymore. Robert Rodriguez is the real deal not QT.

  8. This getting a late release like that could be a good thing, just incase Will Smith’s schedule could be busy any time soon QT, can decide to film later on at a time when Smith’s schedule is available, who knows Quentin probably still desperately want Will to star, which is why he went to Sony anyway, Also another huge star set to appear in the movie Leonardo Dicaprio, who also has a busy schedule this fall with him shooting Great Gatsby and other projects, It just got me to thinking what if this date was set purposely to wait on the films 2 huge star candidates which are of course Will Smith and Leonardo Dicaprio.