Jennifer Jason Leigh Takes the Lead in Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'

October 10, 2014
Source: The Wrap

Jennifer Jason Leigh

It looks there will be some casting changes after all between the script reading of Quentin Tarantino's latest western The Hateful Eight and the actual film production. When the script was read live at an event at LACMA back in April, it was Amber Tamblyn who read the part of Daisy Domergue, the lead female role, a woman wanted for murder and due to hang for her crimes. She's the prisoner being handled by two bounty hunters and a local sheriff in Wyoming after the civil war. But the group finds themselves stuck in town with four other men as a storm passes outside. But The Wrap reports Jennifer Jason Leigh now has the part.

However, we're waiting for the rest of the cast to be confirmed. Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell played the bounty hunters at the script reading in April, and those two have pretty much been confirmed to have the same roles in the film. However, no word on whether or not Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Denis Menochet, James Remar, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Zoe Bell and Bruce Dern will be reprising their roles. Production is supposed to begin sometime in the next couple months to meet the non-specific release date in the fall of 2015.

As for Leigh, this is an interesting casting choice considering how young the character was played at the script reading, and also because this is the role that Jennifer Lawrence was once being lined up for. But it sounds like the age of the role might have been flexible since Michelle Williams, Hilary Swank, Robin Wright and Demi Moore also tried to get it. Leigh will be seen early next year in the horror flick Amityville: The Awakening, and has most recently been seen in films like The Spectacular Now, Kill Your Darlings and Greenberg. She's a bold choice for a leading lady, but Tarantino doesn't play by Hollywood's rules.

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  • Avi
    so when I get this in right way! They will shoot it in a few months and will be released in 2015! So why is superman VS batman delayed until 2016? They are already doing principal photography for months and still they managed it to release it in 2016? I get when they want the best cgi and special effects, but still it is very weird!
    • Cameron
      Most of the 'mega franchises' have their release dates planned multiple years in advance - probably to stay out of each other's way. This movie doesn't have the problem. Just a guess.
      • Avi
        I think that's true...
  • Xerxexx
  • Terry Craig
    Sounds fantastic! Too bad it won't tie in with Tamblyn's brief but very deliberate cameo in Django Unchained; oh well.
  • grimjob
    I'd say he traded up.
  • dan
    holy crap - if the cast is JJL, sam Jackson, kurt Russell AND tim roth I'm there on opening night for sure.
  • cuckoozey
    That's the best casting news I've heard in awhile...
    Can't wait to hear her speak with the accent. Very exciting!
  • kevjohn




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