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Quentin Tarantino announced earlier this year that Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio would be starring in his upcoming ninth film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which partly involves the Manson Family murders.
Last month, Tarantino and DiCaprio teased a few details about the film at the Las Vegas industry event CinemaCon, and Margot Robbie confirmed to IndieWire that she was playing the role of actor Sharon Tate in the film.
Since then, a strong supporting cast has steadily filled in. A source close to the production told IndieWire this week that Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, and Emile Hirsch will be joining the film.
Pitt worked with Tarantino on 2009’s “Inglorious Basterds,” and DiCaprio appeared in 2013’s “Django Unchained.” Longtime Tarantino collaborators Tim Roth and Michael Madsen are also appearing in the film.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is set for release August 9, 2019.
Here’s everything we know about Tarantino’s upcoming ninth film:
The film takes place in “Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”
Tarantino described “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in a statement last month, calling it, “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor … Sharon Tate.”
While Tarantino’s most recent statement mentions Sharon Tate as a player in the movie, Tarantino previously said that the film would not center on Manson but on the year 1969.
At CinemaCon on Monday, Tarantino did not add much to the description of the plot, calling the project “very hush-hush and top secret.”
It has been five years in the making.
Tarantino said last month that he had been working on the script for the film for half a decade.
“I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old,” he said. “I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff.”
It’s a “‘Pulp Fiction’-esque movie.”
Deadline reported in January that DiCaprio would play an “aging actor” in a “‘Pulp Fiction’-esque movie.” “Pulp Fiction,” Tarantino’s 1994 classic, told a collection of interconnected stories.
On Monday, Tarantino confirmed this sentiment by saying that “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is “probably the closest to ‘Pulp Fiction’ that I have done.”
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