The First Official Photos from Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

April 26, 2012
Source: EW

Django Unchained

Though it's still early, after the first teaser poster for Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained, it's clear that the excitement level is already high for the film starring Jamie Foxx as a freed slave named Django who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), becomes a deadly bounty hunter. After helping his German mentor, the two team-up to track down Django's wife Broomhilda and finally liberate her from the villainous plantation owner Calvin Candie played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Now we have our first look at the film including our unlikely heroic duo and quite a despicable villain. Look!

Here are the first official photos from Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained from EW:

Django Unchained First Look - Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx

Django Unchained First Look - Leonardo DiCaprio

Django Unchained is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, who last brought us Inglourious Basterds. In the film, the Django (Jamie Foxx) is a freed slave, who under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) becomes a bounty hunter himself, and together they track down his slave wife (Kerry Washington) and liberate her from the evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, James Remar, James Russo and Todd Allen. Filming is now underway and The Weinstein Company currently has this scheduled for release on December 25th, Christmas Day, the end of this year.

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Reader Feedback - 48 Comments


everything about it looks like the wild wild west

Bcopes11 on Apr 26, 2012


 Yessir, Foxxs hat looks exactly like Smiths. No word yet on if DiCaprios unseen lower half is actually a giant mechanical spider.

Voice of Reason on Apr 26, 2012


Maybe it's the hammer he's holding and the fact that he plays the villain for once, but my first thought upon seeing Leo's pic was actually Butcher Bill and Gangs of New York. Obviously, Waltz looks spiffy and badass as usual. That man has such a commanding presence. I am so excited for this!

SuicidalOptimist on Apr 26, 2012


That is so cool! I can't wait for that movie. I think DiCaprio especially looks great in that pic! It will be real cool to see him as the villain!

Moutchy on Apr 26, 2012


Leo playing the villain. This I want to see! 

Mithun Divakaran on Apr 26, 2012


OOOH excited. Love that Leo picture. Looks like some legit badassery.

fem!anon on Apr 26, 2012


Looks good.  I could only imagine what DiCaprio is going to do with that hammer.

Sean Kelly on Apr 26, 2012


I... I just got hard.

Agent Kid Society on Apr 26, 2012


Mothafucka Jones means business. Can't wait.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 26, 2012


Wonder if it'll be a return to form or just massively overrated like his recent (uh, okay, post-Pulp Fiction) output.

Chris on Apr 26, 2012


What exactly are you expecting him to do, keep making Pulp Fiction over and over? What - in your opinion - are the problems with his post-Pulp Fiction work?

Squiggly_P on Apr 27, 2012



Nielsen700 on Apr 26, 2012


I'm in.

ur_babys_daddy on Apr 26, 2012


Yep, I'll sign up for this one. Waltz is safe, Foxx can be great (or shite) and DiCaprio can deliver. This should be another great/awful tightrope movie from Tarantino.

Candle_Wick on Apr 26, 2012


I don't know what I'm more excited for - DiCaprio being a villain or Waltz NOT being one! Love what I see so far!

Teacherkid on Apr 26, 2012


My most anticipated....Tarantino is my hero.  (rhyme totally intended)

Danimal on Apr 26, 2012


hellllllll yesssssssssss

hard on Apr 26, 2012


Jamie Foxx????? fuck that guy.

Big Boss Bob on Apr 26, 2012


Yeaaah I was hoping for Idris Elba to take the lead. Jamie Foxx is just too...Jamie Foxx? If that makes sense...

bltzie on Apr 26, 2012


 I AM EXCITED FOR THIS. BUT Michael Kenneth Williams should of gotten the role of Django instead of Jamie Foxx. MKW would of played Django way better in my mind!!!

guest on Apr 26, 2012


Man, these costumes looks like someone pilfered them from a Baz Luhrman flick. I feel like such unique and individual costumes werent widely available in the wild west. I do trust Tarantino, and this is just a 1st look, but I was hoping for a dirtier, muted, less eccentric tone like Josey Whales or other earlier that even a term?

Voice of Reason on Apr 26, 2012


Can't wait!!! Now let's see some badass Kurt Russell!

grimjob on Apr 26, 2012


Yeah, but outside of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, which are different genre films, when does Tarantino ever do muted and less eccentric? I understand what you're saying, but hoping for anything different is unrealistic. Look at the costumes and set pieces in Inglourious Basterds, they can be sort of cartoonish (Tarantino's Hitler especially). And of course, Kill Bill is completely flamboyant with costuming. I like the costume and set pieces because it's what I've come to expect from a Tarantino movie.

Leeloo Dallas Multipass on Apr 26, 2012


Wow, these photos are outstanding and Foxx in Tarantino's hands won't go wrong! DiCaprio looks pure evil! And now we've got something to genuinely look forward to after The Dark Knight Rises... 

Kinks! on Apr 26, 2012


Looks like Leo is preparing to hammer someone's head into hamburger meat. 

Quanah on Apr 26, 2012


not what i was expecting... a little let down by these photos.

happy camper on Apr 26, 2012


 hahaha I love people like you. #WHATAJOKE

Adam Lubicz on Apr 26, 2012


Looks epic. The first scene where we met Candi, Tarantino wrote "and speak of the devil, Calvin Candie walks up" When i look at that pic of Dicaprio, I see the devil. 

VVS on Apr 26, 2012


Couldnt help but notice how "clean" the cowboys outfits were, but Leo looks the part and unlike 'wild wild west' this will be a gritty, badass throwback.  

Solo_Calrissian on Apr 26, 2012


I noticed that too; with all that mud next to them you'd think they would get pretty dirty. Perhaps they will in the movie.  Anyway, this looks awesome.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 26, 2012


 Yeah, after further thought, i got to thinking Waltz is a bounty hunter, dudes probably rolling in it, so is Django by association and a poor plantation owner just doesnt fit the least thats what Im now trying to tell myself....

Voice of Reason on Apr 26, 2012


Good point, I can get behind that. It's Tarantino though, this needs to get gritty somewhere. Or so I hope...

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 26, 2012


Well, we don't have a full body view of them in this picture. I'm gonna assume that their boots, pants and the hem of Waltz's coat will be wet and dirty from the mud in the streets.

SuicidalOptimist on Apr 26, 2012


Pics are rich,powerful,cinematic. Dicaprio is hypnotizic and now must say The Cowboys Returned after horrible cowboy vs aliens I think movie beat 3:30 to Yuma but if end of it was tragic! My biggest panic is music! I love music in kill bill but I think in inglorious bastards some score was same to kill bill, anyway I'm very interest in music of this western cool art, I wish the best for Tarantino

Ehsan Davodi on Apr 26, 2012


Dicaprio looks badass.

Truong18 on Apr 26, 2012


Foxx was only good in Collateral Damage...he seems miscast. Leo looks awesome. 

Xerxexx on Apr 26, 2012


Well, I thought he turned a stunning performance in The Truth About Cats And Dogs. (sarcasm)

Quanah on Apr 26, 2012


 That was totally oscar worthy!

Xerxexx on Apr 26, 2012


 Obviously, you haven't seen too many of Foxx's movies have you?

jah p on Apr 26, 2012


Oh relax. I was joking.

Quanah on Apr 26, 2012


What? Did you not see "Ray", "The Soloist", "Redemption"?

jah p on Apr 26, 2012


I meant action/thriller wise.

Xerxexx on Apr 26, 2012


For some reason Leo just looks like he's letting the facial hair and make up do the acting for him, I'm gonna have a hard time buying him as a faux southern gentleman. Although it should still be a pretty cool flick, I'm just not expecting it to be near the top of Tarantino's filmography.

Jordan Scott on Apr 26, 2012


This looks completely amazing. 2 pics and I'm sold. The casting seems awesome on this, can't wait

Lasafrog on Apr 26, 2012


Pics look solid...I've read the script to this online, and it's brutal! I don't see how it will get an R rating, with the violent content as well as how it will be percieved for showing realistically how the racist south really was....

jah p on Apr 26, 2012


Another epic Tarantino pic! Can't wait!

Adrian on Apr 26, 2012


Yes let's compare Tarantino fto wild wild west.....

Jonathan on Apr 27, 2012


This looks cool. The thing about Walz is even though he was a Nazi in IB he had such an interesting character, you loved seeing him get his comeuppance but also enjoyed every line of dialogue. We don't know exactly the character Django will be so for people who wanted "cooler" actors just give Foxx a chance, Tarantino does a great job at pulling stuff out of performers we don't expect, I love the hommage to Django, some say it's ripping off but it sends people to the videostores to dig up old copies of these cult classics which I think is great.

LM on Apr 30, 2012

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