We here at The Dissolve have been giving you bordering-on-obsessive updates re: Quentin Tarantino’s Western The Hateful Eight since way back in the olden days of April 2014, when Tarantino, furious that the screenplay had been leaked online, shelved the project, then decided to cast and direct a live-reading of it for charity. We were there when he decided to mount the film after all, and we were ON IT via the Speculometron when everybody was all, “When are you gonna shoot this movie for real, my dude Quentin?” We bestowed upon you its first poster in July of last year, which featured horses running through the snow and maybe also bleeding to death/carrying a bunch of people bleeding to death, and showed you its first (bootleg!) teaser back in August.
But until yesterday, when Entertainment Weekly released its cover featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Kurt Russell in resplendent character, we’d not yet gotten an in-depth look at the twisted Western world Tarantino was creating. No one could say for certain whether Hateful Eight was but a demented twinkle in Quentin Tarantino’s eye, or was actually being shot with real people in real costumes, being bossed around by a real Quentin Tarantino. Today brings even more proof that this movie will really be a thing: A slew of character portraits and descriptions from EW’s forthcoming issue. Let’s review them together.
Name: John Ruth
Played by: Kurt Russell
Who is this? John is a mean sonuvabitch with a code as intractable as a noose. He’s on his way to Red Rock with his murderous bounty, Daisy Domergue, in tow.
Most Tarantino-y detail: His mustache. Dear God, his mustache.
Name: Major Marquis Warren
Played by: Samuel L. Jackson
Who is this? Once a Union officer, Warren now lives in the Wyoming mountains. He harbors his own fair share of secrets and still knows how to handle a gun.
Most Tarantino-y detail: His eyebrows and beard match his scarf perfectly. COINCIDENCE? Trick question: Quentin Tarantino despises coincidence.
Name: Daisy Domergue
Played by: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Who is this? Just because she’s handcuffed to her bounty hunter doesn’t mean Daisy isn’t a lethal threat. This infamous outlaw chews iron and spits nails.
Most Tarantino-y detail: Really torn between the massive fur hat and the blood that’s seeping into her hair via her face wound.
Name: Joe Gage
Played by: Michael Madsen
Who is this? An out-and-out cowboy in the classic mold, with a kerchief as dirty as his smirk, Gage is one of four strangers holed up at Minnie’s Haberdashery when the others arrive.
Most Tarantino-y detail: Being Michael Madsen.
Name: Oswaldo Mobray
Played by: Tim Roth
Who is this? If you can’t tell by his continental-sounding name and fancy tailoring, Mobray isn’t a local. The well-appointed Brit claims to be the new hangman of Red Rock.
Most Tarantino-y detail: His very subtle handlebar mustache and/or his coat that looks like it was made out of Samuel L. Jackson’s eyebrows.
Name: Chris Mannix
Played by: Walton Goggins
Who is this? A Southerner who’s moved west, Mannix says he’s the sheriff. But anyone in a Western should know better than to trust a man in a black hat.
Most Tarantino-y detail: Those long leather gloves that flare out at the wrist. Those are some killing gloves.
Name: General Sanford Smithers
Played by: Bruce Dern
Who is this? This former Confederate general is the most laconic of the bunch, content to hold his peace (until he’s required to hold his piece).
Most Tarantino-y detail: The abject fear in his eyes. He’s seen the killing gloves, and he knows.
Played by: Demian Bichir
Who is this? Swaddled in a giant fur coat—and an equally giant fur beard—Bob “the Mexican” has taken over innkeeper duties from Minnie while she’s away visiting relatives.
Most Tarantino-y detail: Again, his beard matches his coat exactly. What are you trying to tell us, Quentin? That we’re all just animals, that underneath the thin veneer of our civilized society lies total chaos, that we’re all a step away from having our manes torn from our bodies and made into fashionable outerwear? Or were you just like, “Wow, Demian, this coat really brings out your beard”?
Hateful Eight will be, I hope, released in theaters later this year. In the meantime, hold onto your facial hair.