Teaser Poster and Synopsis Revealed for Quentin Tarantino's "Radical" Django Unchained
04.13.12 by Ryan
The first teaser poster has arrived for writer-director Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained and it looks, well, pretty familiar. Just as Tarantino's Spaghetti Western-inspired movie started to take off last year, a fan-made poster of a silhouetted gunman on a horse shooting the chains of a shackled man appeared. The new teaser poster, released by The Weinstein Company, uses a similar red background and chain, and features two silhouetted figures at the bottom, presumably the freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz).
The studio has also released an official synopsis, which offers a detailed description of the movie, to the point of seeming spoilerish. While the movie was known to be about Django and his attempts to rescue his wife from a sadistic slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio), Tarantino has plenty more in store for audiences, which should come as no surprise after having to split Kill Bill into two movies.
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 and Schultz’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...
The Django Unchained cast also includes Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator), Don Johnson (Machete), Tom Wopat (Dukes of Hazard), James Remar (Warriors, Dexter), James Russo (Public Enemies) and the recently cast Walton Goggins (Justified) who excitedly told GQ (via The Playlist) that Tarantino's movie is "radical".
This movie is radical. It's like a kid walking into a candy store, to use a trite, overused metaphor. I can't believe it. I just started work this week, and my very first day, I'm looking up, and there's Quentin. I'm in Quentin's world, in his imagination. His cinematic acumen is unparalleled, and he's able to draw from all these resources, which are all the movies that have ever been made. He's seen most, if not all of them, and he really is an auteur. He's a savant auteur who is as passionate and as playful as any artist I've ever worked with. His enthusiasm is infectious, and the story is a movie that only Quentin Tarantino could make.