After some distinctly underwhelming films, Quentin Tarantino bounced back with the terrific Django Unchained so I’m very looking forward to his next picture The Hateful Eight which is also a Western, though seemingly of a rather different kind. And it’ll definitely be one film that won’t have CGI breath. Tarantino decided that he was so cool during the making of the film that he shot much of it on a chilled set. Honestly. Collider.com recently spoke to Samuel L. Jackson, and he said:
“All of us are so anxious to see this movie because, every day, the work was incredible. It was taxing, in a very interesting way, because we were in the snow, at first, and then we get inside this room. Quentin shot on a refrigerated set, and it was 30 degrees, every day, in there. We were miserable in the environment. You could see our breath, but the stuff that we were doing was amazing. We would finish doing a scene and look at each other and just grin like, “This is incredible.” And we may be blowing smoke up our own asses, but I hope it’s as good as we felt like it was when we were doing it”.
He went on to explain that the cast really bonded over the course of filming, and that they’re still texting and referring to themselves as “The Haters”.
The Hateful Eight is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Here are the key cast names of the film, and who they will be playing:
Kurt Russell as John Ruth, a “mean sonuvabitch” bounty hunter on his way to Red Rock with a murderous woman in tow.
Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, a former Union officer who lives in the Wyoming mountains.
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, an infamous outlaw taken prisoner by Ruth.
Michael Madsen as Joe Gage, a cowboy.
Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, a Brit and new hangman of Red Rock.
Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, a Southerner who claims to be the sheriff.
Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers, a former Confederate general.
Demian Bichir as Bob, a Mexican man who’se taken over innkeeper duties at Minnie’s while the owner is away.
Channing Tatum also appears in the film in an unspecified role.
The Hateful Eight went into production as expected early 2015, and the Weinstein’s will release the film on Christmas Day in the US. The film will have the biggest 70mm release in 20 years, and while it has not been confirmed if all cinemas will be presenting the film in this format, it does appear that the film will first be released in 70mm, and then released on DCP and 35mm shortly after.
Here is the official synopsis:
Six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (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 (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (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 (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travellers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…