Jennifer Jason Leigh Scores Female Lead in Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’

By October 10, 2014
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Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight has had a heck of a development ride. Tarantino wrote the western, and an early draft leaked online when he sent it out for a few actors to read. This angered him so much that he swore he’d never turn it into a film, basically to spite those who leaked it. There was talk he’d turn it into a novel instead (which would have been interesting in its own right), but slowly he cooled off and worked on another draft of the script before holding a Live Read event in April that was tremendously well-received. After that, the writer/director apparently changed his mind for good, and filming was scheduled to begin in November. That date has since been pushed back to the beginning of 2015 and The Weinstein Company will release the movie in fall of 2015. Here’s the synopsis:

The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.

So who will star in the movie? We assumed the cast will largely be comprised of actors who appeared at the Live Read, including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Amber Tamblyn, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Bruce Dern, James Parks, and Zoe Bell, but Tarantino is already throwing us a curveball: THR reports that Jennifer Jason Leigh has scored the female lead role of Daisy, which Amber Tamblyn read at the Live Read. In the film, Daisy Domergue is a woman wanted for murder and due to hang for her crimes.

Jennifer Jason Leigh has had a bit of a career resurgence in the past few years with roles in The Road to Perdition; The Machinist; Synecdoche, New York; “Weeds,” and The Spectacular Now, and this could be her highest profile film since Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

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There were whispers that Jennifer Lawrence may be in consideration for a role in The Hateful Eight, but nothing has come of that so far, and we’re not sure (assuming those whispers are true) if she was going up for this role or another supporting part. But even without Lawrence, the list of actresses that Leigh did reportedly beat out for the role of Daisy is impressive: Michelle Williams, Hilary Swank, Robin Wright, and Demi Moore.

We’ll keep you updated with more on The Hateful Eight as we hear about it, but in the meantime, watch Tarantino himself talk about the project during a Q&A section of his San Diego Comic-Con appearance earlier this year:

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