The Weinstein Company has unveiled the supporting cast of Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight,” which the Oscar-winning writer-director has begun shooting in Telluride, Colorado. The film will be presented in glorious 70mm later this year.
Tarantino has rounded up a group of supporting actors he has worked with in the past, including Zoe Bell (“Death Proof”), James Parks (“Kill Bill”) “Django Unchained” actors Dana Gourrier, Keith Jefferson, Lee Horsley, Craig Stark and Belinda Owino, as well as Gene Jones (“No Country for Old Men”).
Written and directed by Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight” is being produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh. Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Georgia Kacandes are executive producing, and Coco Francini and William Paul Clark are associate producing.
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…
“Hateful Eight” marks a continuation of the long-standing relationship between Tarantino and the Weinsteins, who have collaborated on all of his Tarantino’s films from “Reservoir Dogs” through “Django Unchained.”