Can you believe it’s been since August that we posted anything on Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Django Unchained? Well, this my friends, was worth the wait. This second official domestic trailer takes everything we’ve seen in the first trailer, the intenational trailer and clips and just adds “more."
More guns, more explosions, more blood, especially more twisted-Tarantino-esque humor. I was wondering what Jonah Hill was doing in this movie. Now we know: he’s playing an early member of the KKK who seems a lot like Jonah Hill. Leonardo DiCaprio, as the "repellent" Calvin Candie, looks like he’s having a blast.
I can’t remember the last time he appeared to be having that much fun on screen. Christoph Waltz looks like he’s enjoying the hell out of this, too. Jamie Foxx looks so intense it’s hard to believe he started out as a comedian. Samuel L. Jackson looks like a refuge from the set of Gone With the Wind.
I love that Black Strobe’s “I’m a Man” is playing underneath this trailer. (It reminds me of Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla. Not that Django Unchained has anything whatsoever to do with that one.)
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 Speck (James Remar) 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 also stars Zoe Bell, Don Johnson, Franco Nero, Walton Goggins (woot!), Bruce Dern, M.C . Gainey, RZA, James Russo, Dennis Christopher, Tom Wopat and Lewis Smith. Having won the arm wrestling contest with Baz Luhrmann (which sent him back to the drawing board apparently), Harvey and The Weinstein Company will open Django Unchained in the U.S. on December 25 and in the UK on the 19th January. You can see all of our coverage here.