My name is Luke and I’m an addict. I can’t get enough Quentin Tarantino. My college senior thesis was an extensive essay analyzing the roles of women in the director’s first four films. Being underage, I snuck into ‘Pulp Fiction’ because I had to see it. Even his weakest movie, ‘Jackie Brown’, is still a five-star film in my book. From dialogue and story to direction and action, I love every aspect of his work – but not enough to read and spoil the leaked script for his latest film, ‘Django Unchained’.
When Tarantino tweeted a picture of the cover of his finished screenplay just before Cannes, distributors went wild. After the success of ‘Inglourious Basterds’, every studio has wanted the distribution rights for Tarantino’s sixth feature-length film (‘Kill Bill’ only counts as one). The script leaked online shortly thereafter, and rumors began flying that Will Smith was going to play the lead role in the Spaghetti Western-inspired revenge-of-the-slave flick. That rumor was quickly debunked, however. Since then, the confirmed casting of major actors has been announced.
Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx will play the titular character, Django, a freed slave who hires a German bounty hunter to help him find his kidnapped wife. Although Foxx has hardly given any noteworthy performances since winning his Oscar for 2004’s ‘Ray’, I trust in Tarantino.
Leonardo DiCaprio will play the villainous plantation owner who’s kidnapped Django’s wife and has plans to enslave Django once more. DiCaprio is one of those phenomenal young actors who hasn’t given a weak performance in over a decade. DiCaprio was rumored to be up for the role of antagonist Hans Landa in Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’, but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. If that’s the case, it’s great to see him finally join a Tarantino film. Already a regular in Martin Scorsese’s prestigious films, think of the possibilities of having DiCaprio working under Tarantino.
Playing the German bounty hunter, of course, will be Christoph Waltz, winner of the Best Supporting Oscar for that almost-DiCaprio role as the cruel Jew-hunting Nazi. Here’s hoping that Waltz pops up in many future Tarantino flicks, just like the next actor cast.
Samuel L. Jackson will play the DiCaprio plantation’s house slave, a smart, manipulative and outright malicious bad guy that Django must go through to get his revenge and win his wife back.
Rounding out the major casting news so far is Kevin Coster. Joining the ‘Django’ cast just this week, Costner will play DiCaprio’s sadistic slave trainer. Apparently, he trains the slaves to fight in mini gladiator death matches.
The Weinstein Company holds the domestic distribution rights for ‘Django Unchained’. The movie has been slated for a Christmas Day 2012 theatrical release.