Saddle up folks! The Weinstein Company announced today that production on Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western, The Hateful Eight, has started in Telluride, Colorado.
Tarantino’s eighth feature boasts an impressive cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen - who have all worked with the filmmaker before - along with Tarantino newbies Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern and Channing Tatum.
Also included in the press release is a list of new supporting cast members. Mucking in to help the eight are James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Zoë Bell, Gene Jones, Keith Jefferson, Lee Horsley, Craig Stark and Belinda Owino.
The newly-released plot synopsis for the movie suggests we’ll be in for more of the same cinematic customs we’ve come to expect from the verbose director:
“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…”
Madsen as a cow-puncher? We’re in! The Hateful Eight is expected to arrive in cinemas in late 2015.