Awards season is always special when there’s a Quentin Tarantino film up for consideration. No writer/director garners attention like QT. A polarizing artist, people either tend to feel Tarantino is a genius or that he is a vastly over-rated fan-boy.
Personally, I just dig his stuff.
He has a great ear for dialogue and his non-linear plot format always entertains. So I am excited that his latest film Django Unchained is scheduled this year for release on December 25.
What’s always intriguing about Tarantino films is the build up to his movies. They always start off as a fun fan-boy concept, then along the way the movie transforms into an important, artistic, social commentary. For instance Inglourious Basterds, was originally concieved as an all-star men-on-a-mission action film, much like what The Expendables turned out to be. Then, after some time, Basterds became this revisionist history tale of film vs. Nazis.
Django Unchained originally started off, as a tribute to Spaghetti westerns. But now the film has seemed to evolve into a Southern, slavery-exploitation-drama.
Whatever the case, I’m sure it’ll be interesting and likely one of the biggest films of 2012.
One of the fascinating developments in the project was the casting of the seemingly pivotal role of Ace Woody, a twisted, evil plantation worker who trains slaves in gladiator-style-combat. Originally, Kevin Costner was cast in the role. Which was an interesting casting against type decision. Shortly before filming started. it was announced that Costner had dropped out due to schedule conflicts. Kurt Russell was than cast in the role. Then just recently came word that Russell had dropped out, and the role would be absorbed by the character of Billy Crash, played by character actor Walton Goggins, (of Justified fame).
Of course this isn’t the first time the casting carousel has hit a Quentin Tarantino film. Warren Beatty was originally cast as Bill in KILL BILL. The role was later recast with David Carradine in the title role. Mickey Rourke was originally cast in Death Proof as the driver, he was replaced by Kurt Russell. Than on his last film, Inglourious Basterds, Leonardo DiCaprio was cast as Col. Hans Landa, only to be replaced by Christoph Waltz, who won an Academy Award for his performance. Leonardo DiCaprio, interesting enough, is now playing the antagonist in Django Unchained, playing evil plantation owner Calvin Candie.
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, M.C. Gainey, Garrett Dillahunt, Dennis Christopher, Gerald McRaney, Laura Cayouette, Don Johnson, and Tom Savini. The film is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Django Unchained is scheduled for release in the United States Christmas Day 2012.
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 and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed 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, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. 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 Releasing International.