Channing Tatum Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino started rehearsals for his western The Hateful Eight this week, and it turns out that his cast may have a surprise or two. We’ve assumed that the cast of the contained western potboiler might feature primarily actors who took place in the live-read of the script a few months ago. But now Channing Tatum is looking at a role in the film.

Deadline reports, but doesn’t have details on Tatum’s role. The cast also features Samuel L. JacksonKurt RussellTim Roth and Michael Madsen, with Jennifer Jason Leigh recently signing on to play the key female role.

As we’ve written before, the film is set in Wyoming during a tough winter after the Civil War. The Hateful Eight begins in a stagecoach carrying a sheriff, two bounty hunters and the prisoner to be played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. Those four, along with the coach driver, hole up in a haberdashery to wait out a blizzard. There, with three other characters on hand, tensions quickly rise until things get well out of hand. None of the characters are heroes — there’s a reason this one is called The Hateful Eight.

THR reported earlier today that great precautions are being taken with the current version of the script to prevent another leak such as the one that nearly caused the writer/director to kill off the production when the first draft hit the internet.

The film will roll in Colorado starting in December, with Tarantino using 65mm film for the production — he’ll reportedly shoot entirely in the large format. Deadline says the plan is “to have the widest 70mm film release in over 20 years, according to distributor The Weinstein Co.”

THR also notes that sources say Tarantino aims to have the film finished in time for a Toronto Film Festival debut next September, which would be followed by a wide US release.

Here’s Tarantino appearing on Craig Ferguson’s show last week, where he briefly discussed the impending rehearsals for The Hateful Eight, and then talked a lot about Steve McQueen.

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