When the director held the live reading of his screenplay back in April, Amber Tamblyn read the role of Daisy Domergue, a woman who is wanted for murder and set to hang for her crimes. Jennifer Jason Leigh actually attended the live screenplay reading in Los Angeles, sitting next to The Weinstein Company chairmen Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein along with producer Stacey Sher. The role was one of the most coveted for Hollywood actresses in recent months, with Jennifer Jason Leigh beating out other notable performers such as Michelle Williams, Hilary Swank, Robin Wright and Demi Moore.
The rest of the cast members from the live reading, including Bruce Dern (General Smithers), Samuel L. Jackson (Major Warren), Kurt Russell (The Hangman), Walton Goggins (Chris Mannix), Denis Menochet (Bob), Michael Madsen (The Cow Puncher), James Parks (O.B.) Tim Roth (The Little Man), Zoe Bell (Six-Horse Judy), Dana Michelle Gourrier (Minnie) and James Remar (Jody) are expected to reprise their roles in the film.
The story follows two bounty hunters and a sheriff who are transporting their prisoner Daisy. When a dangerous storm hits, they are forced to wait it out in a saloon with four other men who may be trying to free her. Quentin Tarantino is directing from his own original screenplay, with Stacey Sher and Richard N. Gladstein producing. Production is slated to begin this December in Colorado.