Quentin Tarantino's Cast for 'The Hateful Eight' Officially Announced
by Ethan Anderton
November 6, 2014
Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that Channing Tatum was circling a role in The Hateful Eight, the new western from Quentin Tarantino, the official principal cast has been revealed, confirming his role in the film. Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell have been confirmed as the bounty hunter duo Major Marquis Warren and John "The Hangman" Ruth respectively, and other live read cast members who are now locked in are Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as Joe Gage and Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers. And there's one more name too. More below!
Also joining the previously cast female lead played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, will be Demian Bichir playing the character of Bob. As for Tatum, his role hasn't been disclosed, but ScreenDaily says that his role actually isn't a big one, and he has a smaller appearance later in the film. And if you want more context, here's the official synopsis from the press release:
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…
Production begins in January with an eye towards the film being finished by the time the Toronto International Film Festival rolls around in the fall. And the film will get a theatrical release, with the widest physical film release in 20 years, sometime after that. Don't forget that one of the teaser posters also touted a roadshow touring the country, so as soon as details about that become available (we've got plenty of time before that happens), we'll be sure to let you know. There will probably be some other names popping up in this film as well, so stay tuned to see how this all pans out. Excited?