Though its cast is still coming together, Quentin Tarantino’s next movie at least has a release date. Django Unchained, a spaghetti Western about a former Southern slave who attempts to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner, will greet fans on Christmas Day 2012, The Weinstein Company confirmed today. ( had the initial story).

Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be in final talks for the role of the evil slave owner, while Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) is expected to play a German bounty hunter. Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, and Jamie Foxx have been mentioned as possible candidates for the lead, with Samuel L. Jackson in the mix for another role.

Unchained would be Tarantino’s first December release since Jackie Brown opened on Christmas Day in 1997.

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