We’re only a little more than a month out from Quentin Tarantino’s latest cinematic offering, The Hateful Eight, but we’re finally starting to see some concrete information about both the plot and characters, giving us more room to construct a solid image of what to expect from the film.
Last week, the second trailer was released and now, Playboy have announced that they will publish a short webcomic prologue to The Hateful Eight in their December issue. Tarantino scripted the comic himself and is illustrated by Zach Meyer.
It’s a beautifully drawn snapshot of how three of the Hateful Eight – John Ruth (Kurt Russell), Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), and Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) – first came into contact with each other. Complete with Tarantino’s characteristically rapid-fire dialogue and glorious images all over the place, it’s a beautiful introduction into Tarantino’s latest world.
The cast includes Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Lee, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern. The Weinstein Company will distribute the film, which is expected to get an Oscar season release on January 8, 2016.
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…