The full Django Unchained script has been leaked on to the internet. indieWIRE has posted an extensive critique of the script that discusses the plot in great detail and there are a few surprises. There are no major spoilers on this site or in the indieWIRE article, but if you’re the type who wants to be completely surprised about the film and go into the theater knowing nothing about the script, then I recommend skipping this post entirely.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the Django Unchained script is that it is mainly focused on the German bounty hunter character that will be played by Christoph Waltz. indieWIRE describes Waltz’s character as a “good Hans Landa”
Django isn’t quite the hero here – not the way you’re probably expecting. For a good 2/3 of the script, he’s pretty much playing second fiddle to Christoph Waltz’s character who is essentially Django’s mentor…Waltz is pretty much playing Hans Landa, the same character he portrayed in Inglorious Basterds… the difference being he’s on the side of “good” here. But, as I read it, I saw Landa all the way – multi-lingual, professorial, cunning, but efficient and deadly when necessary.
Waltz is pretty much the show for much of the film, with the occasional unintentionally comedic line from Django, as well as flashback sequences to provide back-story.
The lead female role in this film is Broomhilda, Django’s wife. The script features this character in various states of undress and in sexually violent situations. It appears that the inspiration for this character was 1970s blaxploitation films and Pam Grier. There has not been any news or rumors on who will play this character.
As for the script itself, it’s about three hours long and very dialogue heavy. The word “nigger” is used quite frequently.
I’ve tried to stick to the facts and leave conjecture and opinion out of this post. I don’t think it’s fair to criticize the script or the entire movie before it’s even been shot and the actors have been cast. Not only do scripts tend to go through changes and rewrites during the production, but actors bring their own flair to the characters they portray and the lines they recite. It’s also impossible to know how exactly these scenes will be shot and edited just by looking at the script.
On a final note, I will not be posting the script on this blog simply because I don’t feel like risking a lawsuit for copyright infringement. For those who want to read the script, I’ve heard that it can be found on the big torrent sites or through some clever Googling.