One of the most anticipated movies of the year is Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight - the movie that almost wasn't. After a lawsuit brouhaha over Gawker leaking a copy of his script in 2014, the Hateful Eight movie looked like Tarantino would be shelving the project - letting fans only picture in their heads the Western Reservoir Dogs In the Snow he had planned. But as luck would have it we're only a few months away from seeing one of the best casts imaginable tear into one of Quentin Tarantino's bests scripts.
Recently Entertainment Weekly was given the honor of debuting eight lovely, bushy 'stached images to accompany a few words about the eight main players in Quentin Tarantino's claustrophobic, paranoia-filled The Hateful Eight. The movie takes place during an epic snow storm that leaves eight travellers in uncomfortably close conditions while they try to figure out who has it in for who and why. Let's take a closer look at these eight bushwackin' badasses...
Caution, very small spoilers may follow - no big reveals here - just a friendly warning...
Kurt Russell as John Ruth
The first two characters that we meet is bounty hunter John Ruth, who is taking the mysterious Daisy Domergue to be hanged in the town of Red Rock. They're racing ahead of a huge blizzard that is quickly catching up with their stagecoach. John Ruth is a no-nonsense kind of dude - but he has an often hilarious and entertaining way of running his mouth and talking himself out of favor with most of the people he runs into but especially with Daisy...
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue
As you can see from the picture, Daisy Domergue isn't going to The Hangman without a fight. She's the prototypical tough as nails woman that Quentin Tarantino specializes in. Even though she spends a majority of the movie handcuffed to Kurt Russell's John Ruth, she's still a master manipulator and you'd be foolish to count her out and any stage of the movie. Don't turn your back on this one.
Samuel L. Jackson as Marquis Warren
In the first "chapter" of Hateful Eight, John Ruth's stagecoach picks up two strangers who would likely be dead before dawn if they're left to be stuck in the approaching blizzard. The first of these hitchhikers is Samuel L. Jackson's Marquis Warren - another bounty hunter and Civil War veteran who famously carries with him a personal letter written by none other than Abraham Lincoln himself. He has a couple stiffs, literally - some dead and frozen bounties - that he's hoping to collect on in Red Rock.
Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix
The second of the hitchhikers is the more mysterious Chris Mannix who raises some eyebrows when he claims to be the new sheriff of Red Rock. Walton Goggins is best known as the brilliant Boyd Crowder on Justified and has already made an impressionable Tarantino debut in Django Unchained and it will be extremely fun to see him play a Chris Mannix who, as it would seem, couldn't be further from those evil characters.
Demian Bichir as Bob
Eventually the stagecoach is forced to seek shelter at Minnie's Haberdashery and one of the first faces they see is the unfamiliar Bob. Things immediately take on a suspicious air as Bob gives them a story about why Minnie and her husband aren't running the tavern as they always do. It doesn't help that along with the shady Bob there are three other strangers with shifty eyes with the same story of seeking shelter from the storm.
Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray
Chief among these suspicious characters is the British charmer Oswaldo Mobray - marking the return of Tim Roth to the world of Quentin Tarantino after featuring prominently in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Mobray has the even more peculiar claim of being the hangman of Red Rock - the actual guy who would be doing the deed if John can get Daisy to Red Rock. Oswaldo may be great at spinning a convincing tale but neither of the bounty hunters entering this scene are trusting any one here - most of all this odd Englishman.
Michael Madsen as Joe Gage
The Hateful Eight sees the return of another old Quentin Tarantino favorite - Mr Blonde himself, Michael Madsen. The actual cowboy of this western tale, or cow-puncher as they refer to him as, Joe Gage tries his best to stay quiet and keep to himself but both the audience and the bounty hunters John and Marquis are both keeping their eyes on this one. If ever there was a guy who just plain looked like he was going to poach the prize on Miss Daisy or possibly be in cahoots with her - it's this guy.
Bruce Dern as Confederate General Sanford Smithers
Finally, there's Gen. Sanford Smithers - played by legendary, and recent Academy Award nominated, actor Bruce Dern. You would think it might make matters a little simpler for the paranoid bounty hunters that Sanford Smithers is something of a legendary veteran of the Civil War and the one guy in the room that likely isn't up to no good. But in the eyes of Samuel L. Jackson's Marquis Warren - this guy just so happens to be one of the biggest villains in room and the unsettled business between these two may be the thing that sets the whole room into a flurry of bullets.