First Footage From Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

The teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is something I think a lot of people are excited to see, and the footage will appear online tomorrow before running in front of Prometheus starting at midnight Thursday.

But Entertainment Tonight has done one of the show's trademark trailer previews, and as irritating as it is to have the show's talking heads nattering over new Tarantino footage, we'll take it for now. Hit the jump to see the first footage from Django Unchained.

What follows is only a few seconds, but we get a little violence, a bit of music (can you place it?) and a couple of very characteristically Tarantino shots. By which I mean his appropriation of genre mainstays — in this case, a certain use of the zoom lens.

More important, we get an example of the work we can expect from Leonardo DiCaprio as villain Calvin Candie (he's charming, and a jerk!) and Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz as the two guys who end up aligned against him. (And click the little 'expand' box to see this in a reasonable size, as the default presentation is pretty small.)

That's good enough for me for right now. We'll post the real teaser when it is available, and you can always read back to the reactions to footage screened at Cannes if you like. The film opens on Christmas Day.