Quentin Tarantino releases the stills for his new movie Django Unchained


First look: The first official stills for Quentin Tarantino's new movie Django Unchained surface

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17:52 GMT, 26 April 2012

It's been almost a year since it was announced that Quentin Tarantino was readying his next directorial role.

Today fans of the genius behind Reservoir Dogs were finally granted the first look at the official posters for his western Django Unchained.

The film, which stars Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington, is set to hit the big screen on Christmas Day.

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Epic: The first look at Tarantino's western Django Unchained which stars Jamie Foxx and Christopher Waltz

Epic: The first look at Tarantino's western Django Unchained which stars Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz (left)

Pictured in the first still is lead characters Django (Foxx) – a freed slave – and Waltz as bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz walking along a wooden paving beside a muddied road.

In the shot Foxx's character looks very wary unlike Waltz's character who looks very calm and confident as they journey down the deserted road both wearing traditional western attire.

DiCaprio plays a deranged plantation owner called Calvin Candie is holding a hammer in his hand whilst he smokes a cigarette.

He also looks extremely dapper as his hair is slicked to perfection and is wearing a burgundy suit with a patterned waistcoat underneath.

No more Mr. Nice Guy: Leonard DiCaprio plays the role of Calvin Candie who is a villain in the movie

No more Mr. Nice Guy: Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Calvin Candie who is a villain in the movie

The movie which is about a man trying to
rescue his wife from the hands of an evil plantation owner also stars
other big names including Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt
Russell.

Earlier this month, writer and director Tarantino appeared alongside the stars of the film during a photo call in Mexico.

The movie is said to be inspired by not only the 1966 movie Django, directed by Sergio Corbucci, but also the unorthodox 2007 Japanese remake by director Takashi Miike, called Sukiyaki Western Django, which featured Tarantino in a cameo as a character named Ringo.

As many of his other movies, the promotional poster is very stylised and helps to generation anticipation around the film.

This Christmas: The official poster says the film is set for release in December

This Christmas: The official poster says the film is set for release in December

Keeping it simple the cream bordered
red and black image is made up of silhouettes and a linked chain which
is broken but perhaps a sign that the image speaks volume the title of
the film isn't actually on the poster.

In autumn when production for Django Unchained began, Tarantino was reunited with Pulp Fiction producer Stacey Sher.

Back in May 2011, Tarantino fanatics went wild when a picture of what appeared to be the front of the final script was posted on Twitter.

The mysterious image featured the director's childish handwriting and was leaked by the equally mysterious Twitter user called @AgentTrainee.

Within a few hours Tarantino's agency WME confirmed that the title of his next movie would be Django Unchained.