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Jennifer Jason Leigh lands female lead in Tarantino's Hateful Eight

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Story by Jack Foley

JENNIFER Jason Leigh has been cast as the female lead in Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War western The Hateful Eight.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress will saddle up alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen – all of whom also formed part of a star-studded reading of the script in April.

Leigh will play the role of Daisy, which was actually read by Amber Tamblyn in live form.

The Hateful Eight will be set in a snowy Wyoming a few years after the Civil War and is said to focus on the tension between a group of people trapped after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route.

The group includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier and a female prisoner in a saloon. It takes place largely in one location with flashbacks to the incidents that created the tension – or at least that’s what occurred during the script read.

The film will begin shooting in early 2015 with a view to being ready for a cinematic release in the autumn of the same year.

Tarantino had initially put his plans to film The Hateful Eight on hold earlier this year after the script was leaked online and he became embroiled in a legal fight with Gawker over the leak. That situation ended when he withdrew the suit in May.

Leigh shot to prominence during the early 90s with high profile starring roles in films like Single White Female, Rush and Backdraft but has concentrated on more ensemble work in recent times, with performances of late coming in the likes of The Spectacular Now and Kill Your Darlings (alongside Daniel Radcliffe).

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