Filming has begun on Quentin Tarantino’s next revenge Western, The Hateful Eight, so accordingly the cast has been revealed to curious fans. Tarantino’s cast of regulars Jackson, Madsen, Roth, and Russell are all reprising their parts from the live reading several months ago, but the surprise is who is joining the repeat performers. Channing Tatum, Demian Bichir and Jennifer Jason Leigh have all signed on for roles, making their first times working with the director of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
Channing Tatum’s signing in particular means he will have a very fruitful 2015 after working with the Coen brothers and Tarantino himself. More exciting news from the rumor mill has The Weinstein Company seeking a Toronto International Film Festival premiere to kick off what will be “the widest 70mm film release in more than 20 years.”
Synopsis per The Weinstein Company:
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…