April has been good to Quentin Tarantino fans.  After a long drought of any new information or media related to the director’s upcoming take on the spaghetti western, Django Unchained, in recent weeks we’ve received both an official, Saul Bass-influenced poster, as well as an official plot summary.  Now, we’ve got the first official pictures from the production, featuring Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx as the film’s heroes, and Leonardo DiCaprio as a villainous plantation and slave owner.

While Waltz and Foxx both look just fine, it’s DiCaprio whose look stands out—with his squinty, brow-furrowed scowl and his stubbly beard, it’s a new look for… actually, it’s the exact same thing you’ve seen DiCaprio do in almost every film he’s starred in for the past 10 years.  Scowl?  Check.  Furrowed brow?  Check.  Odd, wispy facial hair?  Check.  But hey, now he has an ascot and a cigarette holder, so that’s something.  And a hammer.  He didn’t have a hammer in Inception, did he?  Pretty sure he was hammer-less.  Thus, an actor evolves!

In other Django news, Foxx expanded upon the DiCaprio’s villain, Calvin Candie, with Entertainment Weekly:

Candie is a business man who owns a plantation called Candie Land, and that’s where my wife ends up being… we have to get in good with Candie, by me playing a valet for Christoph’s character.

Django Unchained concerns the story of Django (Foxx), and escaped slave, who teams up with a bounty hunter (Waltz), to rescue Django’s wife from Candie.  The film is set for a Christmas 2012 release.

Will you be seeing Django Unchained?