Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated Django Unchained has received a release date. The Weinstein Company announced that the spaghetti Western will open in theaters Dec. 25, 2012.
The Christmas Day opening has previously been successful for the director, when Jackie Brown premiered in 1997.
The news of the release date comes just after casting rumors broke about who will play the title character. Originally there was talk of Will Smith portraying the vengeance-seeking slave. Now, however, there are reports saying Jamie Foxx might be slated for Django.
Django Unchained will also star Tarantino vets Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio as the villain.