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Tarantino and Weinstein Finalize ‘Hateful Eight’ Cast, Keep Script Under Wraps

Tarantino and Weinstein Finalize 'Hateful Eight' Cast, Keep Script Under Wraps

The Weinstein Company has confirmed a stellar cast for writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, post-Civil War western “The Hateful Eight.” This will be newest cast member Channing Tatum’s first film with Tarantino, along with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Demian Bichir. The the rest of the cast has worked with him in the past. Tarantino’s last film “Django Unchained” earned him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and grossed over $425 million worldwide. tatum

In tune with Tarantino’s oft-stated love of celluloid, TWC will release “The Hateful Eight” in 70mm in 2015. The Weinsteins have backed and released all of Tarantino’s films, from “Reservoir Dogs” on. 

Also participating in the “Hateful Eight” LA table read are:

  • Samuel L. Jackson (“Django Unchained”) as Major Marquis Warren
  • Kurt Russell (“Death Proof”) as John “The Hangman” Ruth
  • Walton Goggins (FX’s “Justified”) as Chris Mannix
  • Tim Roth (“Reservoir Dogs”) as Oswaldo Mobray
  • Michael Madsen (“Reservoir Dogs”) as Joe Gage
  • Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”) as General Sanford Smithers

New to the cast are:

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (“Mrs. Parker and Her Vicious Circle”) is Daisy Domergue
  • Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”) as Bob
  • Channing Tatum (“Foxcatcher”) has signed on for an unidentified role in the project. 
Meanwhile Tarantino and the Weinsteins are running a tight ship at the American Film Market, where Weinstein is currently seeking foreign money, to keep “The Hateful Eight” screenplay under wraps. Investors who want to read the script will have to schlep from AFM headquarters in Santa Monica to the TWC headquarters in Beverly Hills, and under company supervision.
That’s because Tarantino wants to avoid repeating the Gawker Media scandal in which the Western project almost foundered after the site got its hands on an original draft and leaked it.
Here’s the official “Hateful Eight” synopsis:
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 (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 travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
Written and directed by Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight” is produced by long-time Tarantino collaborators Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh.  Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and G. Mac Brown are executive producers, and Coco Francini and William Paul Clark are associate producers.  
“Any actor who jumps on board with one of Quentin’s films is in for a wild and rewarding ride,” commented Bob and Harvey Weinstein, TWC Co-Chairmen. “We couldn’t be any more thrilled with the fantastic group of performers we’ve assembled for THE HATEFUL EIGHT – some perennial fixtures in his movies and some newcomers – and can’t wait to kick off the shoot in Telluride.”

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