Official Synopsis Revealed For Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

By Katey Rich 2012-04-13 11:02:57discussion comments
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The recently revealed poster for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained had a lot of people suddenly wishing we could skip right over summer movie season and go straight to December , when the Inglourious Basterds director will unleash his Civil War revenge tale. Starring Jamie Foxx as an escaped slave determined to rescue his wife from bondage, and Christoph Waltz as the German bounty hunter he teams up with, the movie seems to offer Tarantino's usual style of lurid pulp action with actual American history, plus a sure-to-be-fascinating performance from Leonardo DiCaprio as the vicious slave owner.

Need more reason to get excited? Try checking out the newly released official plot synopsis, which you can read in its entirety below.

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy AwardŽ-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 AwardŽ-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 andSchultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy AwardŽ-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 AwardŽ-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...

Written and directed by Academy AwardŽ-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures.

The script for Django Unchained was widely circulated on the Internet around the time it was going into production, but avoided reading it, which means a lot of this stuff-- slaves battling each other for sport? A treacherous organization?-- is totally new to me. The movie sounds nuts and sprawling and maybe a little too ambitious, which at this point is exactly what we want our Tarantino movies to be. It's also a pretty bold Christmas Day release-- but again, that all seems to fit with the pattern. We seriously can't wait.
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