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Channing Tatum rumored for role in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

For a project that was essentially cancelled at the start of this year, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight seems to be rolling along at a rather quick pace just 10 months later. The latest update on the gritty western has actor Channing Tatum reportedly joining the cast in an unspecified, but significant role.

According to Deadline, Tatum is in talks for a “major role” in the film, which could begin filming sometime before the end of the year.

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The Magic Mike actor is currently in the midst of promoting Foxcatcher, his upcoming film with Steve Carrell that’s generating some award buzz. If Tatum signs onto The Hateful Eight, he would join a cast that’s expected to include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Zoe Bell, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Tim Roth, and Kurt Russell.

The Hateful Eight is said to follow a group of people trapped in a saloon during a blizzard a few years after the Civil War. The group includes a pair of bounty hunters, a former Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner.

Back in January, Tarantino publicly cancelled the project after a copy of the script was leaked online. The screenplay generated enough buzz, however, for Tarantino to stage a public reading of it featuring many of the aforementioned actors, which then led to it being moved back into production.