The Weinstein Company has released the first of what will likely be a series of character posters for The Hateful Eight. They’re leading off with a pair of characters: Kurt Russell’s bounty hunger John Ruth aka “The Hangman” and Jennifer Jason Leigh’s criminal Daisy Domergue aka “The Prisoner”. Ruth and Domergue are two of eight unsavory folk who get holed up at Minnie’s Habberdashery during a snowstorm in post-Civil War Wyoming.
The other six include Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a former Union officer who lives in the Wyoming mountains; Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), a cow-puncher; Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), a Brit and Red Rock’s new hangman; Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a Southern renegade claiming to be the town’s new Sheriff; General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern), a former Confederate general; and Bob (Demian Bichir), a Mexican who’s taken over innkeeper duties at Minnie’s while the eponymous owner is visiting her mother.
Check out The Hateful Eight poster below. The film opens in 70mm on December 25th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Hateful Eight:
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…