Christoph Waltz Will Star in Tarantino's Western, Django Unchained

By Josh Tyler 2011-05-02 16:09:57discussion comments
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We’ve been talking for months now about Quentin Tarantino’s plan to make his next movie a “southern”. As it turns out, it’s more of a spaghetti western starring a German who teams up with a former slave to save his wife. Oh, and the German will be played by Oscar-winning Inglorious Basterds villain Christoph Waltz.

As we predicted over the weekend, the movie really is called Django Unchained. Here’s the full Django Unchained plot synopsis as first picked up by Indie Wire:
Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner.
That fits pretty well with what Tarantino had to say about the project back in 2010:
I'd like to do a Western. But rather than set it in Texas, have it in slavery times. With that subject that everybody is afraid to deal with. Let's shine that light on ourselves. You could do a ponderous history lesson of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. Or, you could make a movie that would be exciting. Do it as an adventure. A spaghetti Western that takes place during that time. And I would call it 'A Southern.
This movie could easily tread into some pretty touchy topics, and the rumor floating around right now is that it will. It’s a revenge flick, but word has it that the film deals with racism in a pretty heavy way too. There’s a level of irony here as well, using a German teamed up with a freed slave, opposites attract I guess? Or is this Tarantino’s way of showing a side of the German people that's something other than purely evil racists, as in Inglourious Basterds?

As a premise this all sounds pretty great, but the title still doesn’t make a lot of sense. It is at least in part a reference to a 1966 spaghetti western called Django. The character of "Django" was played by Franco Nero (last seen this year in The Rite), who is apparently also attached to Tarantino's film with Christoph Waltz. Check out the original, 1966 trailer for Django:


That seems like the kind of movie that’d be right up Tarantino’s ally. Or maybe Django Unchained is also a reference to the more recent Takashi Mike directed movie Sukiyaki Western Django in which Quentin Tarantino co-starred. That can’t be a coincidence, right? Here’s QT in that film:


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