Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained Gets a Release Date
Posted 06.15.11 by Ryan
Writer-director Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, Django Unchained, is being described as a "Southern" movie, blending elements of the Western genre with exploitation movies as it follows the title character of Django, a freed slave who trains with a German bounty hunter to be able to free his slave wife from a ruthless ranch owner. Those who were thinking that it sounds like a perfect holiday movie are going to be pleasantly surprised; the Weinstein Company has set a December 25, 2012, release date for Django Unchained.
Tarantino is still casting the project, with Leonardo DiCaprio recently reported as being in talks to play Calvin Candie, the owner of the ranch where Django's wife is being kept. Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds actor Christoph Waltz is rumored to be playing the German bounty hunter, though both Waltz and Tarantino have publicly stated that the casting isn't official. Samuel L. Jackson is expected to play Candie's valet, Stephen.
The title role for the movie remains uncast, despite rumors that had Will Smith in the lead. Reportedly, Smith's negotiations aren't likely to be completed, leaving the role open for other actors.
Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker have all been rumored to take Smith's place, with Showbiz411 reporting that Foxx is the frontrunner for the role.
The report also claims that DiCaprio is officially signed for the movie, and that Jackson is "psyched" for it. Could be quite a Christmas.