A set of new images from Quentin Tarantino’s long-awaited western follow-up The Hateful Eight were recently released and we got the whole, snowy set.
We finally get our first look at those eight so-called “hateful” characters promised in the title of Quentin Tarantino’s newest film, along with several behind the scenes pics, concept art stills, and promotional film photos. All-in-all, it’s the most we’ll get from the tight-lipped shoot until that trailer drops.
Take a look at the first images from the film below, courtesy of EW.
The photo set features a first look at the entire principal cast as well as a few action-shots. One in particular featuring bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) aiming a rifle on Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) were released as part of the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Judging from some of these photos, the characters are diverse, steeped in grit and aching to grab those six-shooters. It’s great to see Kurt Russell back in action in a Western. Tarantino was probably a fan of work in Tombstone.
The EW cover was the first Tarantino fans had seen of the cast in costume.
That ensemble cast is an amazing blend of character actors and movie stars headed by Kurt Russell in full-out mustache-y glory, Tim Roth, who goes goes all the way back to Tarantino’s debut Reservoir Dogs, Samuel L. Jackson (A QT staple), Jennifer Jason Leigh, Justified‘s Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern (The ‘burbs), and a small role from Channing Tatum. A la Jonah Hill in Django Unchained or Mike Myers in Inglourious Basterds.
We also now have a complete synopsis of the film:
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…
And then there are some behind the scenes photos, and a couple other images. The landscape shot is concept art similar to the first teaser trailer.
Tarantino recently spoke in an interview where he divulged some more details about the story’s beginnings and how he approached his new bloody affair:
“For me it has more of a Western Iceman Cometh kind of vibe about it…A bunch of guys in a room who can’t trust each other. That wasn’t a marching order when I sat down to write the script, but pretty quickly I realized this is kind of a nice coming-full-circle.”
The film is shaping up to be a more intimate venture than Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained which took to reshape history, one drunk on film history, vengeance and full-on style. Don’t expect it too be without that signature Quentin Tarantino blood-soaked grit, according to a recent interview, the film will be “packed with squibs and gunshots.”
Tarantino almost scrapped the project altogether after the script leaked online. However, he reconsidered after a live-table read where the cast got an overwhelmingly positive reception.
The Hateful Eight arrives later this year in glorious 70mm from The Weinstein Company.
Images: Entertainment Weekly, The Weinstein Company