The first two production stills for Django Unchained, one of Film Misery’s most hotly anticipated movies of 2012, have finally been released (courtesy of EW). In the photos, we get brief glimpses of the big stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new film.
The first photo (above) shows the movie’s villain, plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) wielding a hammer, enjoying a cigarette and sporting an unquestionably bad-ass goatee. The second photo (below) shows German Bounty Hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) sharing a moment with our hero Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave aiming to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from the dastardly Candie’s plantation.
As much as I have been looking forward my first peek at what Tarantino’s latest was going to look like, and as satisfying as these stills truly are, I have to admit they don’t excite me quite as much as reading what Django star Jamie Fox had to say to EW about the movie. When asked about whether Tarantino’s new movie about slavery was going to be controversial, Foxx (succinctly) says “Oh, hell yeah… you kidding me?”
Foxx also elaborates to EW on Django‘s more serious side:
“There’s a beautiful way [Tarantino] found for the characters to talk to each other. It’s mindblowing. You’ve never heard it this way … You’ve seen movies deal with slavery — or westerns that never dealt with slavery – do it the safe way. This way is like … wow”
Tarantino, despite his widespread adoration, has always happily embraced the controversy inherent to any of his movies. What’s more, the personal growth he demonstrated both as a filmmaker and a social commentator in 2009’s Inglourious Basterds strongly hint that making an entertaining and provocative movie on a dark chapter in American history that takes no easy way out is right up his alley. Foxx, despite being somewhat at a loss for words regarding Tarantino’s approach, strangely reaffirms my optimism.
What do you think of these production stills? Are you looking forward to Tarantino’s latest, or do you have reservations?