A trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained has now been released. Set two years prior to the US Civil War, Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a  slave who will gain his freedom if he joins a bounty hunter, Schultz (Christoph Waltz), to hunt down an outlaw gang. If successful, Schultz will give Django his freedom and assist him in recovering his wife from Calvin Candie, a plantation owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Jamie Foxx as Django

Described by Tarantino as a “southern” (it has locations in the US south and is set two years prior to the US Civil War), Django Unchained draws on the Italian Western tradition at least in terms of name and references. Django was  a 1966 Western made by Italian director Sergio Corbucci and the original Django actor, Franco Nero, has a small cameo in Tarantino’s film – he is the man next to Foxx at the end of the trailer when Foxx says, “The D is silent.”

Django Unchained (2012) trailer:

Django Unchained is slated for a December 25th release. Kerry Washington plays Foxx’s wife and Samuel L. Jackson and Water Goggins (TV’s Justified) also have key roles. A complete viewing of the film will be necessary to determine Tarantino’s approach and the movie’s overall connection to – and potential influence upon – the Western genre.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)


  1. I can’t say the trailer impresses me. However, it is only a trailer, so the movie may be more interesting. I really don’t like the use of that soul music though – it just doesn’t tie in with my concept of a soundtrack for a western, even a reimagined spaghetti western.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Colin. Will be curious to see if the trailer music is part of the film or if the segments you mention were only applied to the trailer (as sometimes happens). It is likely going to take a few viewings of the film to catch everything….as de rigueur with Tarantino.

  3. Thanks for the comment. I also have strong hopes for the film. Based on the trailer, we could see some very strong – and surprising (i.e. DiCaprio) – performances.

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