TORONTO – “Well well well…Looks like Minnie’s Haberdashery is about to get cozy for the next few days.”
So intones Tim Roth’s character in the first official trailer for director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film The Hateful Eight, a madcap western starring a who’s who of the director’s previous films.
After a blizzard forces bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell), and his captive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to seek shelter in a remote Wyoming cabin along with six strangers, allegiances are tested and tensions run high as the group suspects one of them may not be who they claim to be.
The film brings back many of the stars of the director’s previous works including the aforementioned Roth, Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Zoe Bell, and more.
The film represents a return to the Western genre for Tarantino after 2012’s Django Unchained, a rare move for a director known for his broad range of cinematic genres.
The film also came very close to not being made at all – in an interview with Deadline, Tarantino said he considered dropping the project all together after an early draft of the script was leaked online.
However, he changed his mind after a live reading of the script at the United Artists Theater (featuring much of the current cast) was very well received.
The film will hit theatres in North America on Christmas Day 2015.