The U.S. premiere of the highly-anticipated Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained" has been postponed following the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, December 14.
The film was set to premiere in Los Angeles on December 18, but was canceled by the Weinstein Company.
"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," said a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company. "However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families."
Officials say the suspected gunman, later identified by authorities as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and shot and killed 20 children and six adults. Authorities later discovered that Lanza, who took his own life after the shooting, also shot and killed his mother in their home.
The film, which features a star-studded cast, tells the tale of slave in the South named Django (played by Jamie Foxx) who is recruited by a dentist turned bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) to help kill a gang of murders known as the Brittle Brothers. Django is the only person who has seen them without masks on. For his help, Schultz will give Django his freedom and help him free his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from a plantation slave owner named Calvin Candie (DiCaprio).
The trailer for the "Django Unchained" can be seen below. This film is Tarantino's first film since the 2009 movie "Inglorious Basterds," which Waltz starred in and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Samuel L. Jackson, who frequently collaborates with Tarantino, will also appear in the film as Stephen, the head house slave at Candie's plantation.
This isn't the first film premiere that's been postponed following the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, with Tom Cruise's action film "Jack Reacher" receiving a later U.S. premiere date.
Along with the film's facing postponement, new episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" have also been pulled from their scheduled broadcasts on Sunday, December 16 in the wake of the elementary school tragedy.
A spokesperson for Fox confirmed to OTRC.com that the network switched the episodes with repeats to avoid airing any potentially sensitive content following the tragedy.
No new date for the "Django Unchained" premiere has been set. The movie opens December 25 - check out the trailer below.