by: Billy Pilgrim
Kurt Russell recently confirmed his role in Quentin Tarantino’s previously shuttered spagetti-western HATEFUL EIGHT. The film is centered around a stagecoach carrying a confederate general, a frenchman, an englishman, two bounty hunters and a female prisoner who take refuge in Minne’s Haberdashery after being caught in a blizzard. Furious after copies of the script were leaked online earlier in the year, Tarantino initially stated the film would not be made at all and filed a lawsuit against Gawker.com for releasing links to the script on their website. After a well received reading of the script in April, Tarantino dropped the lawsuit and has apparently changed his mind about releasing the film. A handful of Tarantino’s choice actors present at the reading have been rumored to be cast in the film, including Micheal Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Dern. Production is rumored to begin in November.
Russell was pleased to announce his involvement in the film on a morning talkshow yesterday. As a child he starred in a handful of classic westerns films and television series’ in the early sixties, including “Guns of Diablo”, as well as “Gunsmoke”, The “Virginian”, and “Laredo”. Throughout his career he has occasionally dabbled in his gun-slinging roots as an actor, starring in an episode of “Gunsmoke” again in 1974, as well as playing infamous lawman Wyatt Earp in “Tombstone” in 1993. Since then, he has has starred in films ranging in theme and genre from Sci-Fi classic “Vanilla Sky”, to the heavily anticipated “Fast & Furious 7”, set to release in 2015. Russell’s casting could be a tap into his early career experience in classic westerns as Tarantino has cited Sergio Leone as well as other classic spaghetti-western directors as an inspiration in the formation of his bloody, rough-and-tumble signature style.