Let’s make it plain: it’s not like anyone needed any particular push to get excited for The Hateful Eight. Quentin Tarantino’s follow-up to Django Unchained finds the Western-loving director pushing even further into oater territory, with a tightly-constructed mating of Stagecoach and McCabe and Mrs. Miller shot in “glorious 70mm.” His knockout cast includes such Tarantino Rep Company standbys as Michael Madsen (Kill Bill), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Kurt Russell (Death Proof), Walton Goggins and Bruce Dern (Django), and Samuel L. Jackson (everything, pretty much), as well as Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bachir, and Channing Tatum. He’s got Spaghetti Western legend Ennio Morricone doing the score. He’s got a plum 70mm limited release on Christmas Day.
And now, he’s got a trailer—a glorious, funny, brash, exciting trailer, setting up the characters (eight strangers), premise (snowed in at a stagecoach stopover), look, sound, and feel of a full-on Tarantino Western. Check it out:
The full synopsis, as provided by the Weinstein Company:
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…
The Hateful Eight’s 70mm limited engagement begins December 25, with wide release following on January 8th, 2016.