Almost as quickly as word spread that Jennifer Lawrence might splatter some blood all over Quentin Tarantino's buzzy new film, "The Hateful Eight," a rep for the Oscar winner reportedly denied that she has any involvement with the project.
Collider reported on Thursday that Lawrence was in serious talks to take a role in Tarantino's new Western, the nondescript teaser trailer for which leaked online the day earlier. Presumably Lawrence's role would be one of the central eight characters, only one of whom, Daisy Domergue aka "The Prisoner," is female. Amber Tamblyn read that part during a live table read of the script in April. There's also a second female character named Six Horse Judy, whom frequent Tarantino-film actress Zoë Bell read.
Whether Lawrence is in contention for one of those parts now seems doubtful.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE's publicist on HATEFUL EIGHT reports: "Despite internet rumors, her reps have confirmed she's not doing this project."
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) August 21, 2014
Of course, it's always possible -- especially given the brouhaha following the "Hateful Eight" script leak -- that Tarantino and company are simply keeping tight lips on the movie's cast. Typically, however, when actors' reps deny a rumor that's true, they do so with more open-ended language than Lawrence's did. Nonetheless, this could take a turn at any point. The role seems like great bait for Lawrence, who has starred in a couple of David O. Russell films and could find her next Oscar break with the highly anticipated Tarantino movie.