Quentin Tarantino picks Christoph Waltz to star in Django Unchained
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
A while back, we heard Uma Thurman talk about Quentin Tarantino’s next project, which she dubbed A SOUTHERN. She said she didn’t know much about it, but that there was a role in the film for her. Well, it seems a lot more information has come out about the film, including the fact it will be called DJANGO UNCHAINED and will star Christoph Waltz. No confirmation that Uma will have a part, but c’mon, we all know she will. The good folks over at The Playlist have compiled all the rumors and facts from various news outlets and from what we can tell, Django will start shooting in late summer or early fall time frame. So to recap, we know Tarantino will make Django his next film, we know it will be called DJANGO UNCHAINED and we know Christoph Waltz will be one of the main stars. Everything else is speculation at this point. One of the major pieces of speculation comes from Hollywood Elsewhere, who claims someone that has read the script gave this synopsis:
Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner. And that doesn’t even half begin to cover it! This film deals with racism as I’ve rarely seen it handled in a Hollywood film. While it’s 100 percent pure popcorn and revenge flick, it is pure genius in the way it takes on the evil slave owning south. Think of what he did with the Nazis in Inglorious and you’ll get a sense of what he’s doing with slave owners and slave overseers in this one.
Obviously, this is to be taken with a grain of salt, but to be fair, QT has been talking about a Western homage film for quite a while, saying he wants to do to the old white slave owners what he did to the Nazis in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. This synopsis fits in with that idea. When QT starts a film, it usually goes from finished script to showing in theaters in record time. So expect a street date any time now.