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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 Award®-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 Award®-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.
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.