After a very bumpy ride, we’ve finally gotten confirmation that Quentin Tarantino’s new spaghetti western, The Hateful Eight, has been finished. The Weinstein Company released the first trailer for Tarantino’s eighth film today, and fans are giddy with excitement.
The plot seems to center around Samuel L Jackson (a favourite actor of Tarantino’s) who plays Major Marquis Warren, a former union soldier that now pursues bounty hunting. As he climbs aboard the stagecoach of fellow bounty hunter John Ruth (played by Kurt Russel), he meets the man’s fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who Ruth appears to be taking back to town to hang before collecting his reward. However, as a blizzard rolls in, the two decide to take refuge in a nearby shack populated by a group of outlaws, where trouble no doubt ensues over the bounty.
Boasting an all-star cast of Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Bruce Dern, it’s actually a wonder the movie was ever made. The script was leaked early 2014 and linked by Gawker. Tarantino first filed a lawsuit against the website, but later withdrew it stating that he wasn’t going to complete the film. However, the film-maker later announced alongside a live reading of The Hateful Eight script that he would shoot the movie after finishing the revised screenplay.
The movie, which features 70mm footage shot with the help of Tarantino’s beloved director of photography, Robert Richardson, will open in select 70mm theaters Christmas Day, with a later release scheduled for January 18 2016. The trailer is accompanied by some slow thrashy rock music, but Tarantino announced at Comic-con that The Hateful Eight will actually have its own original soundtrack written by the acclaimed composer Ennio Mirricone.
Watch the trailer here: