Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’: The Star Search Continues

May 9, 2011

Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'Quentin Tarantino’s next big film project will be set amidst one of Americas darkest chapters in history. Django Unchained will be set in the Deep South during the slave era. Tarantino always wanted to make an entertaining spaghetti western, or in this case, southern.

It will be a buddy buddy adventure flick. The two main characters in the film couldn’t be more of a contrast — A sophisticated German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz and a plantation slave by the name of Django. The story will see the two partner up, through which Schultz turns Django into a freeman. The unlikely pair successfully apprehend criminals and enrich themselves in the process.

As the plot unfolds, they find themselves facing their biggest and deadliest challenge ever — to rescue Django’s wife. A ruthless and powerful plantation owner and mandingo wrangler, Monsieur Calvin Candie, holds her.

Smith has not yet decided whether to accept the role or not, but Tarantino desperately wants him for the Django character. Leonardo Di Caprio was offered the role of Dr. King Schultz, but turned it down. 

The film will be a huge gamble for Tarantino, as talented as he is. As already mentioned, the story is set in a very dark place in American history. One in which even today most Americans have not learned to be comfortable with. So is the country ready for it? That’s the big question. The answer could prove to be a very expensive one.

Although Harvey Weinstein wants to release the movie domestically, Tarantino is meeting with foreign studios in search of an international partner for the project. It’s also been rumoured that Samuel L. Jackson may take the role as Candie’s house slave in the movie.

A release date for the film has not been announced, but the shooting will begin this summer.

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