by: Sammy Mink
Channing Tatum and Demian Bichir have officially signed on to star in Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT. The western is set in post-Civil War America, where a group of stagecoach passengers – two bounty hunters, a Confederate general, an Englishman, a Frenchman and a female prisoner – are stranded in a blizzard and take refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery. The duo join Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, and Tim Roth in the project.
Some specific casting news has also come to light: Russell will be playing bounty hunter John Ruth on the run wiht Leigh’s Daisy Domergue. Jackson has been cast as Major Marquis Warren, a former Union soldier-turned-bounty hunter, while Walton Goggins will play a Southern renegade who pretends to be the town’s new sheriff. Bichir will play Bob, the man taking care of the haberdashery, while Roth plays Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of the town. Dern plays Confederate General Sanford Smithers with Madsen on board as cow-puncher Joe Gage.
Tatum has been branching out lately, taking roles in The Lego Movie, the indie thriller Foxcatcher, and the animated comedy The Book of Life. He also recently reprised his role as Jenko in 22 Jump Street. His upcoming projects are just as varied – after starring in the action fantasy Jupiter Ascending and reprising his role in Magic Mike XXL, Tatum is set to star in the Coen’s Hail, Caesar! and Gambit, a Marvel spin-off.
Bichir is probably best known for his TV roles in Showtime’s crime dramedy Weeds and in the recently cancelled FX crime drama The Bridge. On the silver screen, Bichir has appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Che: Parts 1 & 2, as well as Paul Feig’s action comedy The Heat and Robert Rodriguez’s action thriller Machete Kills. Next up, Bichir is trying his hand behind the camera, writing and directing the drama Refugio and is set to star in Chris McCoy’s comedy Good Kids.