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Quentin Tarantino‘s next may be called The Hateful Eight, but the eight stars in it aren’t hateful at all. In fact, they’re downright great. And now they’ve all assembled as the Western prepares to begin shooting in Colorado next month. Check out the first Hateful Eight behind the scenes photos after the jump.

Samuel L. Jackson posted the Hateful Eight behind the scenes photos.

The Hateful Eight pics don’t tell us anything about the movie we don’t already know, since the full cast was announced a few weeks back. Still, it’s great to see them all together. Especially when we remember that at the start of this year, it looked like this film might never happen.

Here’s a cast list, if you’re having trouble identifying them:

  • Samuel L. Jackson (black hat)
  • Bruce Dern (red hat)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (black jacket)
  • Quentin Tarantino (red plaid shirt)
  • Demian Bichir (seated in brown jacket)
  • Kurt Russell (seated in grey t-shirt)
  • Walton Goggins (blue v-neck)
  • Michael Madsen (black vest)
  • Tim Roth (seated in black shirt)

Channing Tatum also stars, but isn’t in these photos. Character descriptions can be found in the synopsis below. The Hateful Eight does not yet have a release date, but it’s expected out sometime around fall 2015.

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…

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