While news of of a Quentin Tarantino film going into development is always met with a level of excitement, fans of the filmmaker have gone on a bit of a rollercoaster with his newest project. Titled The Hateful Eight, Tarantino initially scrapped the film following the leak of his script to the public, before staging a live-reading of the script for charity. This was followed by the announcement that Tarantino was back in production on the feature. Now a new piece of news has emerged, as Collider reports that Tarantino is in talks with actress Jennifer Lawrence to take on a role in the film.
Lawrence herself has seen her star rise in recent years, garnering acclaim for her role in 2010’s Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone before going on to the role of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movie franchise and Mystique in the X-Men franchise, as well as winning a Best Actress Oscar for her turn in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook. Her career has seen her work with the likes of David O. Russell, Susanne Bier, Drake Doremus, Bryan Singer, and Jodie Foster, making a potential collaboration with Tarantino an intriguing prospect.
The key question associated with this story is what role Lawrence may be poised to play. The story revolves around a couple of bounty hunters caught in a stagecoach stop during a blizzard with an assortment of colourful individuals, including a sheriff, a cowboy and a Confederate General. The movie has one key female role; that of Daisy Domergue, a prisoner being transported by one of the bounty hunters. The role was filled by Amber Tamblyn in the live reading, and was one of only two roles for women in the entire script (the second role of Six Horse Judy was filled by Zoe Bell). Early rumours have had Tamblyn poised to reprise the role for the film, meaning the possible addition of Lawrence to the movie adds a new wrinkle. Additional castmembers in the live reading included Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, and Samuel L. Jackson, and the movie is currently slated for a 2015 release.