3. Django Unchained
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kerry Washington, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Don Johnson, Anthony LaPaglia
Release Date: December 25
Why we’re excited: Quentin Tarantino clearly sees something in Leonardo DiCaprio that no one else in Hollywood does: a villain. Back when he was shooting for the stars in his Inglourious Basterds casting process, Tarantino, according to reports, was going after DiCaprio to play the film’s antagonist, Hans Landa, the sophisticated and charismatic Nazi played by Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz. And now that he’s ready to put slavery under his Spaghetti Western lens with Django Unchained, the genre-obsessed filmmaker finally got his wish to work with DiCaprio, who, get this, is set to play a sadistic slave owner who owns a plantation known as Candyland, where slaves fight in death matches and perform sexual favors.
Not exactly the most obvious casting, but, then again, when does Tarantino ever take the expected route? Here’s the same guy who’s also called upon Sacha Baron Cohen for an as-yet-unknown role and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play an Aussie. At the center of it all will be Jamie Foxx, taking on the title character of Django, a freed slave hell-bent on killing DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie and rescuing his shackled-up, and often topless, wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). If none of this has you the least bit intrigued, we can’t do anything for you.