By Eliza Berman
August 12, 2015

Nineteenth-century bounty hunters embark on a dangerous journey to bring an outlaw to justice. There’s bloodshed galore and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson. It might sound like the synopsis of Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 update on the spaghetti Western. But it is, in fact, the premise of Tarantino’s long-anticipated—and nearly canceled—forthcoming film, The Hateful Eight.

Unlike Django, Tarantino’s eighth film takes place in the years following the Civil War, and he’s moved the setting from the antebellum South to a blustery Wyoming. The new teaser trailer introduces the hateful eight, most notably Jackson as an ex-Union soldier (“The Bounty Hunter”), Jennifer Jason Leigh as a fugitive with a bounty on her head (“The Prisoner”) and Kurt Russell as the bounty hunter hoping to bring his prisoner to justice (“The Hangman”).

The teaser trailer comes after a long and rocky path to release. After the script leaked in January 2014, Tarantino considered calling off the movie. He then directed a live reading of that draft, wrote a few more drafts and a new ending, and ultimately decided to move forward with production.

The Hateful Eight, whose eight is rounded out by Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Demián Bichir, hits limited theaters on Christmas Day, with wide release on Jan. 8, 2016.

MORE: Quentin Tarantino Says He’ll Film Another Western After The Hateful Eight

 

Write to Eliza Berman at eliza.berman@time.com.

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