Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: What We Know So Far
Quentin Tarantino is considered to be one of the most talented directors in the business. For over twenty years his contributions to cinema have led many cinephiles to declare him as one of the best filmmakers of the modern era. His classics such as Pulp Fiction and Reservoir dogs feature dialogue that have influenced how films are made today. Over the years he has surrounded himself with brilliant actors who often appear in his filmography. Next year we will finally see his upcoming film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood which will feature a cast consisting of most of his recurring collaborators.
The film will follow a faded TV actor named Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and his friend and longtime stunt double Cliff Booth, who will be played by Brad Pitt. The film is set in 1969, Los Angeles California and it will follow these two men as they try to make a name for themselves in the film industry. What makes this film interesting is that it will take place during the time of the Charles Manson murders, specifically the murder of actress Sharon Tate.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Rick Dalton is an actor who starred in the western television series Bounty Law. He is now a struggling actor after a failed transition into movies, and lives next to Sharon Tate. This is the second time Leonardo DiCaprio has worked with Quentin Tarantino after 2012’s Django Unchained. It is also Brad Pitt’s second time working with the director after 2009’s Inglorious Basterds. Other recurring Tarantino collaborators returning include, Zoë Bell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Kurt Russell who have been cast in unspecified roles.
Seeing that this film is being set in the Hollywood film industry, many actors will be playing other iconic actors. Damian Lewis will be playing actor Steve McQueen. Luke Perry will play actor Wayne Maunder. Dreama Walker will portray actress Connie Stevens. Rumer Willis will play actress Joanna Pettet. Nicholas Hammond will play actor/director Sam Wanamaker and Mike Moh will play Bruce Lee. Al Pacino will also star in the film as Rick Dalton’s agent.
A big addition to this film is Margot Robbie playing the role of Sharon Tate. This marks the first time she will be working with Tarantino. Sharon Tate was an actress during the 1960’s. She had a successful career, but that came to an end when she was murdered by the infamous Manson Family In 1969. Sharon was two weeks away from giving birth when Manson Family members broke into her home in Los Angeles and murdered her and her party guests. Tate’s death led to the eventual arrest of Manson Family member Charles “Tex” Watson, as well as others. Polish actor Rafał Zawierucha will play Tate’s husband Roman Polanski.
So far several actors have been cast to play Manson Family members. This includes Austin Butler as Charles “Tex” Watson, Dakota Fanning as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Lena Dunham as Catherine Share and Damon Herriman will play the infamous Charles Manson. In addition to playing Manson in this film, Herriman as also been cast by David Fincher to portray Manson in the second season of Netflix’s Mindhunter. It is rumored that the Manson Family will play a crucial part of the story, but whether or not Sharon Tate’s death will be portrayed in the film is still uncertain. Burt Reynolds was cast as George Spahn, the owner of the Manson Family ranch, but due to his untimely death in September 2018 he has been replaced with actor Bruce Dern.
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood is already turning out to be one of the most anticipated films of 2019. Quentin Tarantino has publicly stated that he plans on doing no more than 10 films, with this being his 9th production, it’s easy to guess that this may be a project he is extremely excited and passionate about.