Jennifer Jason Leigh has a black eye and a busted-looking chin on the new cover of Entertainment Weekly, flanked by her "The Hateful Eight" co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. Here's the visual:

Meanest, grittiest, deadliest movie of the year? That's quite a pitch. In the magazine, writer/director Quentin Tarantino' says "Hateful" will be more intimate than his last movies, "Django Unchained" and "Inglourious Basterds." QT also said, "For me it has more of a Western 'Iceman Cometh' kind of vibe about it." That doesn't sound like a deadly action movie, but it's intriguing.

The basic pitch, via EW is, "eight of the West's nastiest gunslingers" are trapped in a "snowbound frontier way station, each wrapped in as many layers of deceit as they are clothing." The movie is set a few years after the Civil War, with Kurt Russell playing bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth, and Leigh as a fugitive named Daisy Domergue. He's trying to take her to Red Rock to bring her to justice, but they take shelter during a blizzard and meet a whole cast of interesting characters. Samuel L. Jackson plays a former Union soldier turned bounty hunter named Major Marquis Warren. The cast also includes Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Demián Bichir and, supposedly, Channing Tatum.

A sort of teaser-ish type thing was released last month with a few early details. There's no official U.S. release date yet, but it's coming later this year. Will you be watching?

[via: The Wrap, E! News]