by: Donna Whitehead
It’s been a month or so since the last THE HATEFUL EIGHT rumor, but never fear — they’re still popping up. The latest has Viggo Mortensen circling a role as a villain in writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s next project, which follows a group of stranded stagecoach passengers who are forced by a snowstorm to take refuge together at a haberdashery. There are no confirmed cast members for the film, but rumors have pointed to Amber Tamblyn, Bruce Dern, James Remar, Jennifer Lawrence, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, and Zoe Bell, so Mortensen is in good (theoretical) company.
The rumors come from the New York Daily News, which reports that a bystander overheard Tarantino and Mortensen discussing the role at the Greenwich Hotel. That you should take this news with a grain of salt goes without saying, but everyone loves speculating about movie casting, and who am I to spoil the fun? Go wild.
Mortensen is notoriously picky about the roles he takes, but he has nonetheless managed to star in several dozen films since his start in the 80s. Most famous among them, of course, is his turn as Aragorn in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but since then he’s starred in the adventure film “Hidalgo,” the dark thriller “A History of Violence,” and the Freud/Jung biopic “A Dangerous Method,” among many others. Currently, he’s filming writer-director Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic,” which is, contrary to what its title makes it sound like, a non-fantastic drama.
Mortensen is repped by Principato-Young Entertainment.