Quentin Tarantino's upcoming project The Hateful Eight has had quite a wild life for a film that's barely in the pre-production stage. After a script leak caused the Oscar-winner to shelve the film entirely, a successful live-read of his latest screenplay led to Tarantino changing his mind - and now, Hateful Eight is being actively prepared for an unspecified 2015 release. Fans of the auteur will even be treated to a teaser trailer this weekend, as it is attached to prints of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Now, we have our first casting update regarding the film; according to Collider; Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is "in talks" for a role in the new movie by Quentin Tarantino. The reports also notes that the in-demand superstar is not merely on a "wish list" of potential players; she is genuinely involved in discussions pertaining a part.
The trailer description for Hateful Eight listed just one female role - Daisy Domergue, a.k.a. "The Prisoner." Considering that Tarantino has not added any other characters in a revised screenplay, it would appear that Lawrence is up for Daisy, who, as her nickname would suggest, is in the custody of "The Bounty Hunter" Major Marquis Warren and John Ruth, "The Hangman."
The prospect of the three-time Oscar nominee working with the wordsmith that is Tarantino is one that will surely excite many moviegoers, but we should caution that "in talks" is not the same thing as "confirmed." In Lawrence's case, that's especially true. She is already set to reunite with director David O. Russell for next year's Joy, which has a Christmas 2015 release scheduled. The Hateful Eight is looking to start rolling early next year, so the projects could theoretically conflict with each other.
Beyond her involvement in awards-baity projects, Lawrence is also a key figure in not one, but two highly successful blockbuster franchises. While principle photography on the two parts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay has wrapped, it's likely that the cast will be called upon to do pickup shoots at some point in 2015 (as is the case with most tentpoles). And we still haven't gotten to her role as Mystique in X-Men.
Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse has staked out a May 27, 2016 release date, meaning that the film will definitely be in production over the course of next year. Given Lawrence's stature as a box office draw (and her sizable role in Days of Future Past), it's a strong possibility that she'll be one of the main mutants featured in the sequel.
Granted, we still have no idea what the production schedules for all these films are. And since Hateful Eight is allegedly more low-key than Tarantino's previous efforts (sprawling revenge epics Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained), it would be plausible to think that shooting on this new western will take less time than the aforementioned Oscar winners.
Still, it's worth keeping in mind that Lawrence has a lot on her plate already. It's doubtful that she'd enter talks with Tarantino unless she felt confident that she'd be able to fit it into her busy timetable, but she may end up not having enough free days to make this collaboration work. We can only hope that she does, because the pairing could lead to some high-voltage entertainment - and quite possibly another trip to the Oscar stage for Lawrence.
The Hateful Eight will be in theaters sometime in 2015.
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