I haven't read the script for DJANGO UNCHAINED, nor will I - although I know many of you have. I've learned long ago that although there's certainly joys to be had in reading a Quentin Tarantino script, I crave the entire experience when I sit down to one of his movies. I didn't read INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, and when that ending came across the screen I was so happy I hadn't. I certainly never anticipated it, and that was one of the many aspects that made that movie such an awesome theatrical experience for me.
Although I won't read the script, I certainly wanted to know what the main thrust of DJANGO UNCHAINED was all about, and today the official synopsis of the movie has been released. Those especially sensitive to spoilers can probably steer clear, although this seems to be a basic plot breakdown without diving into anything specific. Here's the plot:
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.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South's most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django andSchultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of "Candyland," an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie's trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival...
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures.
Samuel Jackson's character sounds fascinating, and I'd bet will garner him a nomination. I love Waltz as a bounty hunter and I bet Foxx takes Django and creates something amazing out of it. DiCaprio as a villain... still haven't settled in with that concept yet but I'll bet he'll surprise all of us. A great cast, and can't wait to see this in December.