Hot off the news that the first trailer will land next week with Prometheus, we’ve got a new batch of high-resolution images from Quentin Tarantino‘s spaghetti western Django Unchained. Coming from Empire, there’s a lot more of Christoph Waltz as our bounty hunter, Jamie Foxx as the freed slave and Leonardo DiCaprio as slave master Calvin Candle.
Hinted at in the footage we saw at Cannes, there’s also our first look at the original Django, Franco Nero as he sits alongside the new Django in a bar. The magazine also reveals that Walton Goggins as Billy Crash is indeed taking over Kurt Russell‘s duties as slave wrangler, after he departed Foxx also revealed that the film, which comes from a 175-page script, is more of a love story. Check out his quote below, followed by the rest of the pictures:
“When this movie’s done, there’s gonna be some hot button issues but, given my background, I think I’ll be able to get some points across. The one thing that stuck out to me in the script was that Django was married. Back then, to be married was taboo. This is a love story. He’s not trying to stop slavery. He’s not trying to do anything but find the love of his life – which is like trying to find a needle in a world of haystacks.”
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…
Django Unchained arrives on December 25th, 2012.