The Weinstein Company has revealed the full cast list for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which includes Tarantino veterans like Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth, as well as newbies like Demián Bichir, Channing Tatum, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. READ FULL STORY
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Quentin Tarantino has tapped Jennifer Jason Leigh to play Daisy, the female lead in his much-anticipated Western, The Hateful Eight. Sources close to the production confirm reports that the Fast Times at Ridgemont High actress is in talks to join the cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.
In the film, a bounty hunter and stagecoach full of shady post-Civil War characters find shelter from a blizzard in a desolate country inn, where they encounter even more suspicious figures. Daisy is the mysterious prisoner handcuffed to the rugged bounty hunter played by Russell. “When you get to hell, tell them Daisy sent you!” she screams at him—or at least she did during a live-read of the screenplay back in April.
Tarantino nearly shelved the project when copies of his script were posted on the web, but after threatening Gawker with a lawsuit, he’s now planning to start shooting in January. The Weinstein Company is planning to release the film next fall.
The first rule of modern moviemaking: If you’re adapting a bestselling YA book, you must — I repeat, must — cast Secret Life of the American Teenager refugee Shailene Woodley as your star.
The Fault in Our Stars did it. EW’s current cover star Divergent did it. And both are following in the celluloid footsteps of The Spectacular Now, a Sundance darling based on Tim Tharp’s eponymous 2008 novel. The story follows the romance between charming, popular, happy-go-lucky teenage alcoholic Sutter (Miles Teller) and shy, wise, pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it Aimee (Woodley, naturally), whom he meets after passing out on her lawn.
Though the plot may sound predictable, there’s more to Now than meets the eye — EW’s Owen Gleiberman praised the film’s “rich and exploratory psychological texture” in a Sundance review, as well as its talented cast, which includes heavy hitters like Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Tribeca Film Festival: Jennifer Jason Leigh doesn't have photographic memory in 'The Moment' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Jennifer Jason Leigh has a delicious history of playing characters right on — or beyond — the edge, from Rush to Single White Female to Dolores Claiborne. In The Moment, a psychological drama that has its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, she plays a Lee, a war photographer trying to balance her demanding career with her role as a mother, who doubts her own sanity after her estranged ex-boyfriend (Martin Henderson) goes missing. “Her initial reaction is to think that she killed him because of her guilt about him and about other things as well,” says co-writer and director Jane Weinstock.
As a result, Lee checks herself into a mental hospital where she encounters a fellow patient who possesses a remarkable likeness to the man she thinks she killed. “The film jumps around in time,” says Weinstock, who was inspired by the more unsettling works of Hitchcock and Cassavetes. “I didn’t want to tell a linear story. I wanted to tell it more the way stories exist in our memory — in pieces — rather than A to B to C. So it’s almost structured like the unconscious.”
Watch an exclusive scene from the movie below, as Lee stumbles upon the possible crime-scene that will test her grip on reality. “My head is exploding and I’m coming in,” she says into her ex’s answering machine, revealing maybe more than she herself knows. READ FULL STORY
• James McAvoy, with his streamlined combo of looks and smarts, is in talks to star as activist and author Daniel Domscheit-Berg alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a movie about the controversial whistleblowing website. With Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) directing and a screenplay adaptation by Josh Singer, the as yet untitled film is based on Domscheit-Berg’s book “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website,” as well as another tome, “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy,” by reporters David Leigh and Luke Harding. [Variety]
• Jennifer Jason Leigh has joined the cast of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, also starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte, about a single gal (Wiig) set up with a potential love interest (Pearce) by the granddaughter (Steinfeld) of an older man she cares for (Nolte). Liza Johnson is directing from a screenplay by Mark Jude Poirier, based on a short story by sharp-witted writer Alice Munro. [Deadline]
• Sara Canning (Vampire Diaries) has joined the dark comedy I Put a Hit on You, about a shafted woman who, in a fit of drunkenness, arranges a hit on her ex-boyfriend, then tries to stop the hit man from carrying out the murder. Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart are writing and directing, marking their feature film debut. [THR]
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• Lithe rebel Evan Rachel Wood is in talks to star as a female trucker in 18 Wheel Butterfly, a road movie set in 1977 Texas with Twin Falls Idaho‘s Michael Polish attached to direct. Scribed by Christian Divine, it’s slated as having a Thelma and Louise feel. Wood would take on the role of falsely accused Rainbeaux, who flees from law enforcement, bounty hunters and other truckers. The movie sounds like a perfect fit for Wood, known for her snarling charm on True Blood and as an intern in last year’s The Ides of March. [Variety]
• Jennifer Jason Leigh has joined the in-production cast of The Spectacular Now, starring Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Brie Larson, about a high schooler, played by Teller, who decides to woo an introverted social outcast, played by Woodley. Leigh is taking on the role of Teller’s character’s mom. James Ponsoldt is directing from a script co-written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer), adapting from Tim Tharp’s novel. [Variety]
• Frances Fisher, known for her roles in Titanic and Unforgiven, is set to be in Plush, about a married mom and rocker who goes downhill after her band mate dies of a drug overdose. Catherine Hardwicke is directing, with Emily Browning in the lead rock mom role. Fisher will play Browning’s nanny. [Variety]
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