There have been rumours of Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Williams, Hilary Swank, Robin Wright, and Demi Moore all looking for female roles in Quentin Tarantino’s new revenge Western, The Hateful Eight, but it appears that Tarantino has settled on someone else for the lead female role.
Jennifer Jason Leigh (above, Existenz) is now in talks with Tarantino to play the lead female role in the film. Leigh was rumored for the role early on, and after meeting with other women, Tarantino appears to returned to the actress he originally wanted for the lead role of Daisy.
The Hateful Eight will go into production as expected early 2015, and the Weinstein’s are looking to release the film later that year.
“We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior,” said the Weinsteins. “There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over twenty years ago.”
Harvey Weinstein also confirmed that 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.
The full cast has yet to be announced, but it appears that Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Samuel L. Jackson are attached.
Quentin Tarantino’s new Western, The Hateful Eight, has had a rocky start. Tarantino had a rough time with the script earlier this year when the finished version leaked on-line, and naturally Tarantino was extremely upset, and said he would NOT be making the film as his follow up to Django Unchained, and would look to make something else. However, a short while ago a ‘live reading’ of the script took place, with Tarantino reading his script to a live audience along with actors Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, and Zoe Bell.
As expected, the reaction was strong, and while at Cannes to screen the twentieth anniversary of his classic film, Pulp Fiction, Tarantino was said to be in high spirits about The Hateful Eight. He told fans that he was close to finishing a second draft of the script, and that he would also be working on a third draft (possibly based on the reaction to the live reading).
The Hateful Eight is a confined pressure cooker of a story, set during a Wyoming snowstorm a few years after the civil war. It takes place in only two locations: a stagecoach and a small haberdashery in which the characters take refuge from the storm. There, tensions boil over into conflict and violence as characters confront one another in a script that sounds particularly dialogue-heavy, even for the verbose Tarantino.
The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.