Since the first full trailer, there’ve been a number of short TV spots, but we’ve largely avoided posting those, since most of them didn’t reveal anything particularly new.
A second full trailer was released today, and it gives us a lot more new footage than we saw in the first one, in June. Kerry Washington’s character hasn’t been featured particularly much in anything we’ve posted here thus far; however, we get to see more of her in this new second official trailer than we’ve seen before; although it’s still very much Jamie Foxx’s show, and this trailer does feature some new scenes with him in action as well.
You’ll recall that, over the summer, Quentin Tarantino said, during a Comic-Con panel, that the character Kerry plays, Brunhilde von Shaft (we’ve known her as Broomhilda all along) is, in his mind, an ancestor of John Shaft.
Maybe that suggests a Django Unchained franchise of films that lead up to the birth of Shaft; likely not though.
Also at Comic-Con that weekend, soon after a sizzle reel from the film was shown to attendees, Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, who were present for the event, talked about the project, with Jamie dishing on taking the role after others had passed on it, egos, etc, stating:
To be honest with you, I really think that things happen for a reason. I think if Will would have done it, it would have been fantastic. You know, it didn’t work out. He was doing other things. Will also called me and said, “This is the part to be in.” He really loved the script. Look, you get the chance to work with Quentin Tarantino, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz — you have to be a part of that. That’s the other thing, too. Sometime your ego can get you out of sh-t. It can have your ass sitting there and thinking you’re all this, meanwhile the world is going past you. It’s really about art. Cinema. Whether they paid us or not, we want to be there. You want to be there with these people.
And further, Jamie went on to compare Tarantino to a hip-hop artist, stating:
Tarantino is a hip-hop artist. Do you know what I mean?… What do hip-hop artists do? When they know they’ve got a hot record, they leak it and they let you fester on it. Because he knows what he has. So, today is a hip-hop move. And, from what I hear, it did what it was supposed to do. And that’s not even … we know what it is. I mean, we’re not trying jinx it.
I thought maybe he was going to say the screenplay leak really was the original “hip-hop move,” and not the sizzle reel that was shown at Comic-Con, because that’s certainly been festering within all of us for almost a year now, which has only helped inspire dialogue (pro and con), building anticipation for the film.
They also talked about what it was like working with Tarantino (the first time for both of them), the violence, Jamie’s colorful outfits, the hype and more. You can read the full interview HERE.
Otherwise, here’s trailer number 2 for Django Unchained, out on Xmas day.