The film, which is heavily inspired by Spaghetti Westerns, is set primarily in the Antebellum South. The title character is a slave, played by Jamie Foxx, who sets out to free his wife from the clutches of the most evil plantation owner imaginable, with the help of the dentist and bounty hunter who freed him and taught him the ways of the cunning mercenary. That German dentist-turned-bounty-hunter is present in the first two images below, while Foxx is looking downright heroic as Django and Leonardo DiCaprio appears to be cutting a perfect figure as Calvin Candie, the villainous slaveowner.
All six of these pretty pictures are here thanks to Yahoo! Movies. All of them also go down nicely when paired with the two first-look images that debuted last month, which you can see by clicking here.
After the beautiful WWII wish-fulfillment that was Inglorious Basterds, the notion of Tarantino visiting this historical period with a righteously violent homage to Sergio Leone and the Italian masters of the Western is promising indeed. That he's reuniting with Oscar-winning Basterds star Waltz, along with master cinematographer Robert Richardson, to do so doubles down on the sweetness.
With Foxx and Waltz leading the cast, Kerry Washington plays Django's beloved wife, Broomhilda, and a roster of character actors like Walton Goggins, M.C. Gainey, James Remar, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern, Tom Wopat, and Tom Savini fill out the cast.
DiCaprio's playing his first-ever villain here, and he's going very, very big with the proprietor of Candyland. Django Unchained is scheduled to hit theaters the very same day as another DiCaprio joint, Baz Luhrmann's 3D The Great Gatsby, in which he plays none other than Jay Gatsby, old sport. Both arrive on December 25th of this year. Merry Christmas.