By Jonathan W. Gray
July 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM EDT

We walked the Comic-Con Hall H line this morning to meet the die-hard Quentin Tarantino fans waiting to see today’s Django Unchained panel. Tarantino fans are among the most devoted (one person came all the way from Malaysia for the event) and film-literate at SDCC, unlike some…other…passionate fan bases. (Also mixed in among the Hall H line throngs this a.m. were fan boys and girls waiting to see clips from Iron Man 3 and The Hobbit at those upcoming panels.)

The Django Unchained fans we spoke to were most excited about Inglorious Basterds star Christoph Waltz reuniting with Tarantino, and Leonardo DiCaprio breaking type to play the villain. Fans Kelly Greenfield and her son Nick were interested in “a Tarantino spaghetti western with a slave as the bounty hunter.” Rod Paddock noted Tarantino’s love of Sergio Leone, and is curious to see which notes from the 2007 film Sukiyaki Western Django make it into Tarantino’s Django.

Zeke Pinheiro was happy to see Tarantino cast Franco Nero, the protagonist of the 1966 film Django, and though he was nervous “because of [the racial content], this is a tightrope of a film and I can’t wait to see how he walks it.” Another fan, Chloe, said she puts her faith in Tarantino, because “whatever he does is a statement about what he cares about. I’ve never been disappointed by one of his films.”

Check back at this afternoon for our full report on the panel.

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