Get ready for one wild, bloodstained, wagon-bound ride through the old west because Quentin Tarantino is back with The Hateful Eight.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly we now have exclusive first look images at the major characters that will appear in the film as well as the official 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…
Tarantino has collected quite a band of followers for this crazy ride which include:
- Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren aka “The Bounty Hunter”
- Kurt Russell as John Ruth aka “The Hangman”
- Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue aka “The Prisoner”
- Damian Bichir as Bob aka ‘The Mexican’
- Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix aka ‘The Sheriff’
- Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray aka “The Little Man”
- Michael Madsen as Joe Gage aka “The Cow Puncher”
- Bruce Dern as Gen. Sanford Smithers aka “The Confederate”
Judging from the plot synopsis, as well as the first look at the cast, The Hateful Eight is going to be an absolute riot. Russell’s beard is a particularly epic touch, and the showdown between ‘The Hangman’ and Samuel L. Jackson’s ‘The Bounty Hunter’ should make for a pretty interesting altercation.
Of the new film’s atmosphere Tarantino commented “it’s less inspired by one Western movie than by Bonanza, The Virginian, The High Chaparral. Twice per season, those shows would have an episode where a bunch of outlaws would take the lead characters hostage. They would come to the Ponderosa and hold everybody hostage, or go to Judge Garth’s place — Lee J, Cobb played him — in The Virginian and take hostages. I don’t like that storyline in a modern context, but I love it in a Western, where you would pass halfway through the show to find out if they were good or bad guys, and they all had a past that was revealed. I thought, ‘What if I did a movie starring nothing but those characters? No heroes, no Michael Landons. Just a bunch of nefarious guys in a room, all telling backstories that may or may not be true. Trap those guys together in a room with a blizzard outside, give them guns, and see what happens.'”
Tarantino never ceases to amaze, and The Hateful Eight is the perfect follow up to his work in Django Unchained. It’s definitely a ride we’re ready to take.