As we’ve seen a lot in this day and age, Hollywood has gone to great lengths to protect the details of a movie (read: JJ Abrams) before it is unleashed on the public.
So it is a rather odd occurrence when actual filmmakers reveal the details themselves. Yet, this is apparently what Quentin Tarantino did with his latest film, Django Unchained, which is currently shooting for a Christmas day release.
Apparently these details leaked to The Guardian, and it’s not certain whether Tarantino wrote this synopsis himself, but basically what we can tell is is the film is “set in the South two years before the Civil War.”
Django, the title character, is “a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz,” played by Christoph Waltz.
Dr. Schultz is looking for a bounty that Django can lead him to, and he hates slavery. He makes Django a free man, and helps lead him to his love interest, “the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.”
They wind up crossing paths with Calvin Candie, who oversees a slave plantation called Candyland, where black men battle and kill each other for sport.
It’s here where he runs into Stephen, the house slave who’s sold out to the white man played by Samuel Jackson, which I can attest is a great role that Jackson should absolutely play the hell out of.
“Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them.”
There’s obviously more to it than this, but I’m not going to spoil it. Let’s just say that after you’ve seen Inglorious Basterds, you can probably guess that things are going build to a pretty rousing conclusion.
Jackson of course is also playing Nick Fury in The Avengers, and Jackson talked about Django at the Avengers premiere.
As Jackson told the Hollywood Reporter, “It’s definitely an opportunity to explore a place in my history that I hadn’t thought about, and deal with it in an honest and very dramatic way.”
Tarantino is Jackson’s favorite filmmaker to work with, and he continued, “[It’s] an opportunity to be with one of the most iconic filmmakers we’ve ever had, or in my lifetime.”