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‘Django Unchained’ Follows That Beautiful Teaser Poster With an Official Plot Synopsis

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We’ve known, on a surface level, what Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ would be about ever since he announced the project. The screenplay even made its way around the Internet, giving fans a chance to dig deep into the director’s plot. But on the heels of the first official poster, The Weinstein Company released an approved synopsis, which we’re more than happy to share.

It reads as such:

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival …

Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International.

That’s a lot of Oscar talent on Tarantino’s roster. And the synopsis does clear up a few details, as in the time period (which I always assumed was post-Civil War) and the idea that Django and Schultz form more of a partnership than I’d previously believed. ‘Django Unchained’ reaches theaters on Christmas Day.

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