The premiere for Quentin Tarantino’s violent slave revenge film “Django Unchained” was cancelled on Monday in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut last week, the film’s studio said.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event. However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families,” a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company said in a statement.
Tuesday’s premiere in Los Angeles was scheduled to have a red carpet and party, but instead will be a private screening with no media coverage.
The film, which won five Golden Globe nominations last week, stars Jamie Foxx as a slave turned bounty hunter who wreaks revenge on slave plantation owners as he tries to rescue his wife, played by Kerry Washington.
It features Tarantino’s trademark style of extensive graphic and bloody violence, along with dark humor, and is due to be released in U.S. movie theaters on Christmas Day.