Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained poster art unveiled

Fans get their first look at artwork from the director's upcoming western, due for a US release on Christmas Day

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The first teaser poster for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western, Django Unchained, has been unveiled.

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Django Unchained is set to be released on Christmas Day in the United States but won’t be screened in the UK until 18 January 2013.

The film stars Jamie Foxx as a slave-turned-bounty hunter who journeys across America to rescue his wife from the hands of a ruthless Mississippi plantation owner.

Said to be inspired by Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti western, Django, Tarantino’s movie boasts an all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kerry Washington and Christoph Waltz.

Tarantino outlined his aims for Django Unchained in a 2007 Daily Telegraph interview, in which he said: “[I want] to do movies that deal with America’s horrible past with slavery and stuff but do them like spaghetti westerns, not like big issue movies. 

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“I want to do them like they’re genre films, but they deal with everything that America has never dealt with because it’s ashamed of it, and other countries don’t really deal with because they don’t feel they have the right to.”