As it stands 2012 is going to be an incredible year for movies, but December of that year is going to be incredible. While some dates aren't quite official just yet, it looks as though Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, Ang Lee's Life of Pie and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek: The Next will all be showing up in the last month of next year. Apparently the Weinsteins don't feel too nervous about that, though, because they've just thrown one of their prized ponies into the mix.

Coming Soon has learned from The Weinstein Company that Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino's next film, has been given a December 25, 2012 release date. The film will be the director's first Christmas release since Jackie Brown in 1997. While the film doesn't have any official cast members quite yet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are close to parts while Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba and even Chris Tucker have been rumored for the title role.

Ignoring, for a moment, the clusterfuck that December 2012 is turning into, that's a pretty early release date for a movie that's still in the early stages of pre-production. That said, Tarantino is also the man who started filming Inglorious Basterds in October 2008 and had a final print ready for the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, so who knows how it will all turn out. In Quentin we trust.

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