Quentin Tarantino’s next film, “Django Unchained,” has been considered one of the most anticipated films of the year since the director revealed the controversial log line. From the beginning, it sounded like quintessential Tarantino, and one star-studded round of casting later, it’s now a can’t-miss movie of 2012.
The first trailer for “Django” is set to premiere at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight (June 6) on “Entertainment Tonight,” and if that doesn’t mean something to you, it really, really should.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Django, played by Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, is a newly freed slave who finds a mentor in German dentist/bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz) and must save his still-enslaved wife from an evil plantation owner (soon-to-be Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio).
Though he’s flirted with the genre’s conventions before, “Django Unchained” will be Tarantino’s first full-on Western — but, this being a Tarantino movie, there’s a twist: The story largely takes place in the pre-Civil War South, creating a new genre all together, what Tarantino calls a “Southern.” Much of the look of the film, like “Inglourious Basterds” before it, borrows from the Westerns coming out of Italy during the 1960s and 1970s, the so-called “spaghetti Westerns.”
“Entertainment Tonight” aired a preview to the trailer Tuesday night, and the footage did not disappoint. The preview showed Foxx as Django as he’s being freed from slavery by Schultz and a scene from later in the film, while the pair collects their first bounty. The same scene played for journalists at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, and it contains a line sure to become one of the most remembered from the film, so keep an eye out. (Just remember: “The ’D’ is silent.”) The shootouts in “Django” — and oh, will there be shootouts! — are sure to have a highly stylized look to them and will likely be a centerpiece of the trailer.
Based on the preview and reactions from Cannes, DiCaprio will be the one to watch, and he is on display in the short clip. After being unable to star as Hans Landa in “Basterds,” DiCaprio fought for the role of the evil Calvin Candie. The role is probably the most villainous of DiCaprio’s career, and he seems to be enjoying it quite a bit. Candie is a loud character that will provide DiCaprio with a ton of great lines like “Gentlemen, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.” But make no mistake about it. Candie is a bad man, so this will definitely be a different side of DiCaprio.
Expect lots of gunplay and even more DiCaprio in this first preview since these will be the centerpieces of what may be one of the more bizarre releases of the year, but knowing Tarantino, it will also be one of the most exciting.
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