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Quentin Tarantino fans eager to see the filmmaker’s take on spaghetti westerns got their first look Thursday at what he calls his “Southern.” The Weinstein Company released two images from Django Unchained, one featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and the other Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, both of which highlight the period details in Tarantino’s depiction of the antebellum American South.
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave who strikes a tenuous deal with bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (played by Waltz) in exchange for help finding his kidnapped wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). DiCaprio plays a plantation owner named Calvin Candie, who grooms slaves to battle each other for sport. Kurt Russell plays Candie’s slave trainer, and Samuel L. Jackson plays a house slave named Stephen who becomes suspicious of Django and Schultz after they begin to investigate Candie’s “Candyland” plantation complex.
In the image featuring DiCaprio, the multiple Oscar nominee brandishes a hammer, which seems like a good (bad) sign for a Tarantino movie, since the filmmaker seldom flinches away from orchestrating some gloriously brutal violence. Meanwhile, the Waltz and Foxx picture further highlights the period detail in the film’s costumes and sets, as the two men, dressed from head to toe in authentic (at least cinematically speaking) western garb, make their way down a walkway next to a muddy street.
Check out the images above and below and let us know what you notice. Django Unchained is being released nationwide December 25, 2012.
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