If the teaser poster for Django Unchained managed to get the entire movie-loving Internet into a frenzy, with its mere hint of the silhouette of stars Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, just imagine what's going to be happening today. Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first two official images from Quentin Tarantino's new film, and if you thought you were excited to see Foxx as an escaped slave on a mission and Waltz as the bounty hunter who helps him, just wait till you get a gander at Leonardo DiCaprio as the sadistic slave owner Calvin Candle. That image, plus one of our heroes, is below-- click on either for the larger version at EW.

It's not that Waltz and Foxx don't look great-- both of them have facial hair to die for, and I don't know if I'm more impressed with Waltz's elaborate gray coat or the way Foxx's gun slings over his hips as if it's the most natural thing in the world. But man, get a look at DiCaprio. Even though the guy has been starring in any number of period films for years now, slathering on old age makeup for J. Edgar or diving into the 30s for The Aviator, he's seemed to be in some kind of weird, prestige-y rut, where all you think when he's acting on-screen is how much he's acting. In this shot, with the implied violence of the hammer, the woman (presumably a slave) with the elaborate hairbow, DiCaprio's scowl of disdain but not a whole lot of concern, you immediately get the feeling he's going somewhere new. A new Quentin Tarantino movie is always reason to be excited, but Django Unchained comes with the added promise of seeing a star like DiCaprio stretch in a way he never has before. I can't wait to see if he comes close to my high expectations.

The rest of the EW story contains an interview with Jamie Foxx about what to expect in the film-- including a promise that it deals with slavery in a way you've never seen onscreen. Django Unchained opens December 25.

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