Channing Tatum Continues Career Hot Streak With ‘Hateful Eight’
Channing Tatum is officially the latest A-list star to team up with Quentin Tarantino. The actor has reportedly nabbed a part in the famed director’s highly anticipated upcoming movie The Hateful Eight.
According to Deadline, the Magic Mike star was up for “a major role” in the much-buzzed about Western epic that has now been officially confirmed. The movie takes place after the Civil War and centers on a bounty hunter who has captured a female prisoner. On his way to turn her in, he crosses paths with other travelers. The flick follows the “pitiless and mistrustful group” (which also includes a competing bounty hunter and a renegade Confederate soldier) after a blizzard traps them together in the middle of nowhere. Tensions arise, eventually leading to an explosive event.
More specific details about which exact character Tatum will play haven’t been revealed, but the actor will be joining a stellar ensemble cast. Samuel L. Jackson is on board to the play the main bounty hunter, while Jennifer Jason Leigh is set to portray the female lead, prisoner Daisy Domergue — a role that Jennifer Lawrence was previously rumored to be interested in. The film will also feature Kurt Russell as John “The Hangman” Ruth, Michael Madsen as Oswaldo Mobray, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, and Bruce Dern as Gen. Sanford Smithers. Demian Bichir is also involved in the film.
Shortly after the Deadline report, the Weinstein Co. itself confirmed Tatum’s addition to the cast. Filming for the movie is scheduled to begin in Colorado in January. Richard Gladstein, Stacey Sher, and Shannon McIntosh will produce the film while Bob and Harvey Weinstein will co-produce with G. Mac Brown.
The movie has had a difficult time even getting to this point. After the script leaked online earlier this year, Tarantino was so infuriated that he almost shelved the project altogether. He later changed his mind and confirmed that he’ll be moving forward with the flick at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
The Hateful Eight is only the latest project in Tatum’s jam-packed filming schedule. After a streak of smartly chosen movie roles, the in-demand actor has seemingly catapulted to a new level of success in his career. His performance in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (out this month) has already gotten rave reviews and is sparking first-time Oscar buzz for the actor. He’s also currently in the middle of producing and starring in the anticipated Magic Mike XXL, which is due out in July. Next up, he’ll appear alongside Mila Kunis in the space opera Jupiter Ascending, set for release in February.
As if that wasn’t enough, Tatum has also reportedly been tapped for a role in the Coen brothers’ next film — Hail, Caesar! – which goes into production next year. As previously announced, the actor will soon be entering the X-Men universe as well, as the comic character Gambit. Though it was initially unclear if the character would be appearing in one of the franchise’s upcoming installments or in his own spinoff flick, Marvel confirmed that it’s moving forward with a solo Gambit film earlier this month, although no release date has been set just yet.
The Hateful Eight’s premiere date has not been scheduled, but the movie is expected to hit theaters in fall 2015.