Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” cast announced
The Weinstein Company has officially announced the cast for Quentin Tarantino’s next project, The Hateful Eight. The film, centering around a group of bounty hunters in Civil War-era Wyoming, will be Tarantino’s follow-up to 2012’s Academy Award-winning Django Unchained.
The titular Hateful Eight are:
- Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson)
- John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russel)
- Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh)
- Sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins)
- Bob (Demain Bichir)
- Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth)
- Joe Gage (Michael Madsen)
- General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern)
Channing Tatum has also signed on for an unspecified role. Many Tarantino fans were surprised by this announcement, but it doesn’t come as a complete shock if you think about it this way:
The film is set to start filming in early 2015 with a possible release date before December, but at the beginning of this year it was starting to look like the film wouldn’t be made at all. An early copy of the script leaked in January, leaving Tarantino to consider scrapping the idea altogether or publishing the story as a novel instead. At a live reading of the leaked screenplay Tarantino directed at LACMA on April 19th, he announced that he was working on additional drafts of the film with different endings. A teaser trailer for the film was released in front of frequent collaborator Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in August.
While I would have preferred to see Tarantino pick up one of his other shelved films *cough cough KILL BILL VOLUME 3*, I’m glad to see that Tarantino isn’t holding a grudge over the script leak and is using it as a way to challenge himself creatively. I’m definitely excited to see where he ends up taking the story. I’m also excited that Russel and Roth will be working with him again, as both actors were severely underappreciated in their last appearances in Death Proof and Pulp Fiction respectively.