Over the weekend, a special screening of The Hateful Eight was held at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles, which was followed by a Q&A with several of the cast members. Today we not only have the full 30-minute Q&A session, but The Weinstein Company has also provided us with a new Ensemble featurette from director Quentin Tarantino's Western. Ironically, Quentin Tarantino himself isn't present at the DGA Q&A, but cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern shed new light on the production.
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 (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason 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 (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton 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 (Demián Bichir), who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all.
Channing Tatum, James Remar, James Parks, Dana Michelle Gourrier, Zoe Bell, Gene Jones, Craig Stark and Belinda Owino round out the supporting cast. Quentin Tarantino also confirmed at SDCC that The Hateful Eight will be scored by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, which will be his first Western movie score in over 40 years. The director also confirmed that he is developing another Western, although he wouldn't give any specific details.
In addition to the Q&A, we also have an Ensemble Cast featurette, where Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, discuss working with each other and director Quentin Tarantino, which also includes new footage. If that's not enough, the studio has released eight clips, which you can check out below. The Hateful Eight hits theaters in a limited roadshow release on December 25, before it expands nationwide on January 8. Take a look at these new videos below to learn more about The Hateful Eight.