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With the end of production now in sight, we have a brand new image of Leonardo DiCaprio as the villainous Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. The intriguing headshot of DiCaprio smoking a pipe, which can be seen above, is another fantastic tease for what is one of 2012’s most anticipated films.
There is already a lot of hype around Django Unchained, not only because it’s a Tarantino film, but also because this will be the first time where we will see Mr. DiCaprio take on the role of an antagonist. For an actor that has always played the “golden boy” or the hero, it will be very interesting to see how he plays the other side.
The first images and trailer for the film have all been fantastic and DiCaprio looks very comfortable in his role. Though it’s definitely out of his comfort zone, I don’t think he’ll have any trouble pulling it off.
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jonah Hill and is scheduled for release on December 25, 2012.
Check out the plot summary below.
“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 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, 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.”