Following the recent poster reveal, Django Unchained continues to prove that it isn’t just an awesome idea in Quentin Tarantino’s head. It does, in fact, exist and is on track for a Christmas 2012 release, as EW has offered an exclusive look at the film’s first two images.
The first still features Django –a freed slave out to rescue his wife– looking appropriately bad-ass in Western garb, which fits Jaime Foxx’s description of his character as “Richard Roundtree meets Clint Eastwood.” While no such description was provided for Christoph Waltz’s Dr. King Schultz –a German mercenary looking for revenge– we can only assume he’s going to be channeling John Wayne while wearing Gary Cooper’s vest, under Lee Marvin’s jacket, under Charles Bronson’s coat, which should be uncomfortable in the Southern heat for any normal person, but not for a bad-ass, temperature-regulating bounty hunter like him.
The second still features a hammer-comtemplating Leonardo DiCaprio as the “deranged plantation owner Calvin Candie”, who owns Django’s wife and runs his own little slave gladiator operation. Surely, he’s planning to use that hammer to build houses for all his slaves when he sets them free.
The EW article also features more choice quotes from Jaime Foxx about the film’s unique approach to the topic of slavery and the “evolving relationship” that emphasizes Django and Schultz’s differences, but also allows them learn from each other. It sounds like a relationship ripe for a “Never touch a black man’s radio” scene, but since radios didn’t exist, perhaps the conversation will revolve around a black man’s saddle or harmonica.