Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the director’s first foray into spaghetti westerns, is high on my list of must see movies of 2012. Hot on the heels of a cool, minimalist teaser poster, we get the first official synopsis. The bare bones of the story are widely known—freed slave and German bounty hunter team up to catch bad guys and free ex-slave’s wife—but now there are many more specifics about characters, subplots, and the like.

I’ll stop talking now and let you read for yourself.

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.

I was already excited for Django Unchained, it’s been on my must see list since the first whispers about a Tarantino western started circulating years ago. But now I’m even more pumped. This synopsis sounds suitably badass and sprawling, and will likely provide ample opportunities for the quick back and forth conversations he favors.

After reading this summary, what do you think?

Django Unchained opens on Christmas 2012

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