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It's a classic tale of life, liberty and the pursuit of vengeance. The trailer for Quentin Tarantino's latest, Django Unchained, has been released -- and it looks as though the Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds filmmaker may have another bloody masterpiece on his hands. Watch the trailer now!
Django "the D is silent" Unchained follows the the titular slave (Jamie Foxx) on his quest to rescue his captured wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Of course, before he can do that he needs to, you know, be unchained. That's where Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) comes in. A bounty hunter, Schultz needs the ex-slave's help to find and, naturally, kill the Brittle brothers. In exchange, he offers to give Django his freedom and help him find the lovely (but unfortunately named) Broomhilda.
We're going to assume the Brittle brothers aren't long for this world because the trailer quickly shifts focus to Django and Schultz's attempts to free Broomhilda from a plantantion owner named Calvin Candie, who's played with delightfully menacing charm (and a Southern drawl) by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Tarantino is beloved for his fantastic scripts, crazy violent movies and homages to his favorite film genres. This movie looks to be a perfect combination of all three of those elements, with snappy dialogue, just a taste of what is sure to be a whole lot of blood and decidedly anachronistic Western feel. But it's the performances that have really got us interested.
Foxx proves yet again that he's a force to be reckoned with as Django, and his quiet, powerful performance seems like it will be the emotional center of the movie. Waltz, who shot to fame thanks to his Oscar-winning performance as Colonel Hans Landa in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, is refreshingly cast as a good guy (we think -- after all, he is a bounty hunter).
But it's DiCaprio who really steals the show. With Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby in the pipeline, the former child star continues to mature and impress us. Seeing him embrace his inner bad guy in this trailer is a treat, and we're already preparing ourselves for the not-so-sweet Candie to join Hans Landa as one of recent cinema's most indelible villains. Let the Oscar buzz begin!