Django Unchained Trailer Arrives: Get Ready For A Very Tarantino Spaghetti Western Christmas (UPDATED)

Django Unchained trailer

At long last — since Quentin Tarantino fans have been dying for a glimpse since the first peek at that hand-scrawled script suggested that yes, this was really happening — comes the first trailer for Django Unchained, Tarantino's December 2012 spaghetti western about a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) shooting his way across the South. Because nothing says Christmas like slavery and vengeance!

UPDATE: Fandango has the trailer debut here.

Foxx plays Django, a slave taken under the wing of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz, looking delightful). Together they journey from plantation to plantation shooting bad guys on their way to rescuing Django's wife (Kerry Washington) from the evil, oily Leonardo DiCaprio.

Between the contained ferocity in Foxx's eyes, the character actors that line the cast, Tarantino's use of classic genre zooms and camera moves, that swaggering sense of humor, and the promise of seeing Django get the ultimate historical-revisionist retribution in his quest for "life, love, and the pursuit of vengeance," the trailer packs quite a punch. And that's even before Foxx's Django sidles up to the OG Django, Franco Nero, and explains to him how his name is pronounced. Oh, references!

Verdict: Might be a bit too genre for mainstream audiences, but my inner exploitation nerd can't wait.

Django Unchained hits theaters December 25.


  • Dan Moren says:

    Looks like it was pulled...

  • Megan says:

    Argh, where is the damn thing? It's still not up on Fandango yet. Someone there had said 4:30 eastern time, but I don't know how credible that is.

  • Claire says:

    They said 7:30 eastern :[

  • Megan says:

    I feel like I'm a little kid waiting for a relative to come over and bring me a birthday present they said they were bringing, and they're running late.

  • Not too impressed by this, but then I wasn't expecting to be. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge QT fan, but the trailers for his films usually aren't very good. Remember Inglourious Basterds? His trailers always misrepresent the content/tone of the actual film.

    • Jake says:

      I think you are right. I wasn't disappointed by the trailer necessarily, but it's not like I saw this and thought, "this looks incredible!!!" But I thought the same thing about Inglorious Basterds and that turned out to be one of my favorite films from that year. Really, QT is an amazing, natural born filmmaker and his only miss for me is his grindhouse film. But his grindhouse film was truly a grindhouse film in the sense that it wasn't very good. For those of you who have spent a lot of time watching grindhouse movies, you know that most of them are terribly boring and full of bad acting.

      But everything else he's done is gold and I hope this is the same.

      • I honestly don't think Death Proof is a bad film... actually I quite like it. If you've only seen it once, give it another chance. That final chase scene is killer. But anyway, this Django Unchained trailer actually gets better the more you watch it.

    • Megan says:

      No, I agree with you for the most part. I remember seeing the IB trailer and thinking "This doesn't look like Tarantino to me." I almost skipped it. But it turned out to be a killer film. The trailer here most likely lends the film a more commercial appeal-that's what trailers are really for, anyway. That aside, I liked what I saw so far. But I'm definitely hungry for more.

  • SallyinChicago says:

    Hmmm....why does Jamie Foxx look ill-cast?

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