Earlier we shared the title and some information about Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti western titled Django Unchained. Today, a source from IndieWire claims to have read the script and has offered the following details:
Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (played by Christopher Waltz the evil Nazi officer in Inglorious Basterds) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner. And that doesn’t even half begin to cover it! This film deals with racism as I’ve rarely seen it handled in a Hollywood film. While it’s 100 percent pure popcorn and revenge flick, it is pure genius in the way it takes on the evil slave owning south. Think of what he did with the Nazis in Inglorious and you’ll get a sense of what he’s doing with slave owners and slave overseers in this one.”
Django Unchained The Weinsteins will shoot later this year with Universal, Warner Bros and Sony interested in distributing internationally according to Deadline. Stacey Sher, (Pulp Fiction executive producer) is set to produce the film. Once casting is complete, Unchained could shoot as early as this summer of the fall. A ‘tough masculine black actor’ is being sought for the role of Django. I would love to see Idris Elba in the role. Tarantino staple, Samuel L. Jackson would be cool to (albeit a safe choice).
One of my favorite Tarantino films is Inglourious Basterds (which also had a post-modern social commentary on history). This is the long-gestating homage to Sergio Leone/Sergio Corbucci that Tarantino says his career has been building towards. The idea of him directing a film in the Western is awesome, especially as a fan of the genre. I will follow Tarantino blindly into a battle guns blazing, so I am excited for what it to come.
What are your thoughts on this news? Who would you like to see in the role of Django?