Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the official title of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie. And it pays direct homage to the Sergio Leone epics Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America, and could be considered a spiritual end to a trilogy. This news comes along with confirmation that Brad Pitt has officially come aboard.
Brad Pitt is the second actor to join the 1969 set drama following Leonardo DiCaprio. Quentin Tarantino has set his latest tale in Los Angeles at the height of the hippy movement. It won’t directly revolve around Charlie Manson and the murder of Sharon Tate, but those elements will be used as a backdrop.
Brad Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, with Leonardo DiCaprio starring in Django Unchained. This is the first time all three have united to work together. It appears that Brad Pitt is taking on the role once rumored for Tom Cruise. The synopsis reads as follows.
“The 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.”
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on August 9, 2019, which is the 50th Anniversary of Sharon Tate’s murder. The production will be quite expensive. And other big name actors are expected to sign on in the upcoming weeks as Tarantino heads towards a shooting date. Both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio have been in talks for weeks, but it’s reported that ‘negotiations were strenuous‘. It’s even noted that DiCaprio was getting ready to bail on the project at some point in January, but changed his mind.
Sony is using the Oscar caliber of its two new leading men as a selling point, along with the fact that Tarantino’s past films have all been quite successful at the box office. Brad Pitt’s 2009 effort with the director, Inglourious Basterds, earned over $321 million worldwide and was later nominated for 8 Oscars. Christopher Waltz took home Best Supporting Actor for the movie. DiCaprio’s Django Unchained was nominated for 5 Oscars and won two, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor, again for Waltz. The movie made $425 million worldwide. About his new project, Quentin Tarantino had this to say.
“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 seven years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
Both Margot Robbie and Jennifer Lawrence have been rumored for Sharon Tate, but the role has yet to be cast. Tarantino is looking for a young unknown Polish actor to play Roman Polanski. Tom Cruise may be completely out of the running. We’re sure to hear more about the movie into coming weeks. This news was first reported announced by The Hollywood Reporter.