We can all breathe a sigh of relief that Tarantino has chosen terrific character actress Jennifer Jason Leigh for the female lead in “Hateful Eight.” Her classy low-key acting style in mostly present-set films doesn’t exactly scream “Tarantino.” But there’s a reason for that: he’s casting against type.
It will be great fun to see Leigh take a bite out of the role of a wanted murderess in wintry Civil War-era Wyoming with a $10,000 hit on her head. Daisy takes a lot of abuse in this claustrophobic Western homage while trapped in a blizzard with a surly lot of stagecoach travelers, bounty hunters and a Confederate soldier.
From too-cool Mia Wallace in “Pulp Fiction” to the female revenge-seekers in “Kill Bill” and “Inglorious Basterds,” Tarantino writes juicy women’s roles, and his actresses make meals out of them. At Tarantino’s historic Los Angeles live read of the “Hateful” script, Amber Tamblyn read for Daisy, a role that according to The Wrap was chased by top talent including Michelle Williams, Hilary Swank, Robin Wright and Demi Moore.
There is a lot of rumor and uncertainty surrounding the rest of the ensemble. But live read participants Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen and Walton Goggins are among those slated to star.