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Django Unchained is the new movie written and soon-to-be directed by Quentin Tarantino set when slavery plagued the South. Right now the movie is in pre-production and is still looking for people to fill the cast. Releasing his most recent film Inglourious Basterds in 2009, Tarantino has been keeping busy with Django for some years now.
With all movies, rumors spread around the Internet like flies on a discarded orange. Django is no exception to this. It is rumored that Will Smith was Tarantino’s first pick for the role of the main character Django, who is a freed slave trying to save his love from the clutches of Calvin Candie, a white plantation owner. Will Smith turned this down.
After some days of searching, the role was finally filled by actor and musician, Jaimie Foxx. His most famous role was playing Ray Charles in the movie Ray, for which he won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. In that same year, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Collateral.
Other actors who have popped up on the cast list as well. Leonardo DiCaprio might play the evil Candie, and rumors have been spread that Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) will play Dr. King Schultz, the German bounty hunter who helps Django with his rescue/revenge mission.
Tarantino finished the script early in May. It has been reported that it is 166 pages long, which converts into, roughly a 2 hour and 40 minute film. Shortly after being finished, the script leaked. Indiewire.com got a handle on it and describes the script as the most straightforward story that Tarantino has written. In the movie, it does not play around with 2 or 3 story lines like Inglourious Basterds did with Shoshanna and the Basterds. Instead, it has one timeline, one story, in one area of the South.
Tarantino drew from two main influences: the spaghetti western Django by Sergio Corbucci and Sukiyaki Western Django. Corbucci’s film is like a civil rights meets Fist Full Of Dollars movie. A gunslinger enters a town torn between two rivaling sections. One section is run by the KKK, and the other by Mexican bandits. Funny enough, Quentin Tarantino is part of the cast of Sukiyaki Western Django. This film is also closely related to Fist Full Of Dollars because of its gang-related plot.
Still in pre-production anything goes for the new Tarantino flick. With filming starting this fall and released scheduled for December 2012, this is one movie that people will keep their eyes and ears tuned as more information rolls in about the vengeful slave, Django.