Quentin Tarantino‘s first teaser trailer for his upcoming Western The Hateful Eight brings wintry dread, dark laughs and plenty of cabin fever. The acclaimed director’s eighth film is set, per the film’s YouTube description, “six or eight or 12 years after the Civil War” and follows bounty hunter John “the Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) as a brutal Wyoming storm forces their stagecoach to touch down at Minnie’s Haberdashery en route to Red Rock.
The duo is joined by two strangers: union-soldier-turned-bounty-hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and Chris Mannix, a Southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new sheriff (Walton Goggins). The group take refuge among four fellow dwellers: Minnie’s temporary caretaker Bob (Demián Bichir), Red Rock hangman Oswaldo (Tim Roth), cow-puncher Joe (Michael Madsen) and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern).
“One of them fellas is not what he says he is,” says the Hangman. And the clip adds to the mysterious vibe, showcasing typical Tarantino fireworks: gunfire, punchy line delivery and widescreen visual splendor. The Hateful Eight is out in 70mm format on December 25th before its wider release on January 8th, 2016. Composer Ennio Morricone – best known for his work on iconic Westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – will score the film.
Tarantino first announced Hateful Eight in November 2013 but canceled the release following a heavily publicized script leak in January 2014. The director considered adapting the screenplay into a novel, then held a script reading with the full cast at Los Angeles’ United Artists Theater. Tarantino eventually changed course, starting filming in January of this year in Telluride, Colorado.