Last week I saw the release of the Django Unchained’s first teaser trailer (nowadays there seems to be an alarming rate of trailers for one movie, Prometheus anyone?). True to form, Tarantino will mesmerise audiences with his unabashed love for the Western aesthetic, anti-heroes, gaudy costumes and colourful villains.
One of Tarantino’s strengths is his knack to cast the right actor. In Django Unchained, Tarantino presents a cast of great, diverse talent: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson to name a few.
However, the piece of casting in Django Unchained that I would put my money on for a knockout performance is Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor will portray the movie’s custodian villain Calvin Candie, a charming Francophile yet sadistic plantation owner.
DiCaprio has grown in time (I stress the words ‘in time’) to be one of my favourite actors. This seems inevitable really, since DiCaprio has become one of Martin Scorsese’s prized disciples (Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and a fifth collaboration is in the works – The Wolf of Wall Street). Even before the overrated pandemonium that was Titanic (a film whose ambitions were hindered by its mushy tone, something I just simply cannot abide), DiCaprio boasted an impressive CV of movies. This Boy’s Life, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries feature performances from DiCaprio that exceeded each movie’s expectations.