After Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated Django Unchained had its first poster unleashed earlier this month, we’ve now got a look at two awesome first official images from the film, featuring three of its leading cast, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

EW caught up with Foxx, who stars as the eponymous Django, to talk a bit about the project, which he says is naturally going to be Tarantino’s usual controversial work:

“Oh, hell yeah,” Foxx says. “You kidding me?”

But along with that, there’s also a serious aspect to it:

“There’s a beautiful way [Tarantino] found for the characters to talk to each other. It’s mindblowing. You’ve never heard it this way,” the actor says. “You’ve seen movies deal with slavery — or westerns that neverdealt with slavery – do it the safe way. This way is like … wow.”

Sounds perfect to me. Anything and everything Tarantino does will of course always be essential and required viewing.

“After being sent to a chain gang after rebelling against his owners, Django is recruited by a German bounty hunter (Inglorious Basterd’s Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, left, with Foxx) to help him settle an old score. Django has information that Waltz’s Dr. King Schultz needs, so the German mercenary liberates the slave and promises that if he helps him kill the Brittle Brothers, Django’s old owners, he’ll make it worth his while.”

Along with Foxx, Waltz, and DiCaprio, the film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell, Don Johnson, Anthony LaPaglia, and Walton Goggins. (We were hoping that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be able to join the cast as well, but sadly his schedule was too busy to fit it in.)

Django Unchained will be released in the US on Christmas Day this year, and will be coming to us shortly after on 18th January, 2013. Its release naturally puts it in prime position for a run at the Oscars, so everything’s getting off to an awesome start already. To read the full interview with Foxx, you can head over to EW here. And as usual with these great first images, you can click to enlarge.