Photography: The Weinstein Company
Photography: The Weinstein Company

Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson loom large in the latest trailer for the eagerly awaited western.

Just in case audiences weren't already sufficiently stoked to see The Hateful Eight, The Weinstein Company has released a brand-new trailer for the violent western drama featuring Cowboys & Indians cover guy Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.

Russell plays John Ruth, a grizzled bounty hunter with a fearsome reputation. As Jackson's character, Maj. Warren, explains: “They call him The Hangman. When the handbill says ‘dead or alive,’ the rest of us just shoot you in the back from up on top of a perch somewhere and bring you in dead over a saddle. But when John Ruth, ‘The Hangman,’ catches you, you hang.”

“That, in a nutshell, is not only the crux of who John Ruth is,” Russell tells writer Wendy Wilkinson in our November/December 2015 issue, “but what and why the things that take place and are acted upon in this movie happen. John Ruth is that kind of individual. The other bounty hunters would just shoot the ‘wanted dead or alive’ prisoner in the back of the head. With Ruth that would not happen. He believes that the accused should get their day in court, so his mental state is the reason this story plays out.”

The Hateful Eight opens in limited theatrical release on Christmas Day, and expands nationwide in early January.