First Photos of Tarantino's Django Unchained Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx
04.26.12 by Ryan
Without the benefit of a trailer, the first peek audiences have had of director Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained was with its recently released teaser poster, which merely showed the silhouettes of the characters played by Academy Award–winning actors Jamie Foxx (Ray) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds). Finally, The Weinstein Company has revealed a first look photo of the two actors in costume, as well as a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio as the movie's villain.
Set two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained follows Foxx as the slave Django, who is freed by German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz) on the condition that they work together to kill the murderous Brittle Brothers. Thus begins an unlikely partnership as Django works towards freeing his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the slave trade.
"All Django wants to do is get his wife," Foxx told EW about his character's motivation in the movie. "He’s not trying to cure or solve slavery. He just wants to get his life back." Still, the actor says Tarantino found a way to make his character's simple desire an opportunity to discuss more controversial topics.
There’s a beautiful way [Tarantino] found for the characters to talk to each other. It’s mindblowing. You’ve never heard it this way. You’ve seen movies deal with slavery — or westerns that never dealt with slavery — do it the safe way. This way is like … wow.
Christoph’s character is a little aloof to what slavery actually is. He’s not familiar with everything, and when he sees atrocities, it’s Greek to him, but Django lets him know this is the way the world is and we got to get used to it. He teaches Django certain things he needs to become a whole man, and [Django] also teaches Christoph that when life deals you these cards, here’s what you’ve got to do.
The object of Foxx's revenge is DiCaprio's Calvin Candie, the character that likely most represents the affluence of the slave trade. “Candie is a business man who owns a plantation called Candie Land, and that’s where my wife ends up being,” Foxx says of the character. "We have to get in good with Candie, by me playing a valet for Christoph’s character.” We expect the obvious showdown with Candie arriving at the end of the movie, but, from the looks of the photo below, Foxx will have to get through that hammer first.
The Django Unchained cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Kurt Russell (Death Proof), Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator), Don Johnson (Machete), Tom Wopat (Dukes of Hazard), James Remar (Warriors, Dexter), James Russo (Public Enemies) and Walton Goggins (Predators).