Quentin Tarantino's ninth directorial effort secured Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as its stars, and is officially titled Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Tarantino has been a high profile talent since he burst onto the Hollywood scene. Ever since, he's maintained that he'll retire from filmmaking after directing ten movies. His last creation hit theaters at the end of 2015 with the release of The Hateful Eight, and since then he's been developing a movie set in 1969 Hollywood that includes links to the Manson Murders through the death of Sharon Tate.
The project has heated up in recent months after a bidding war to distribute Tarantino's next movie (following the Weinstein scandal - where all eight of Tarantino's previous movies called home), which Sony ultimately won. Throughout it all, potential castings have continued to circulate, with Leonardo DiCaprio once again linked to the acclaimed director.
Deadline confirms that Leonardo DiCaprio will indeed star in the movie alongside Brad Pitt. As Once Upon A Time In Hollywood's two male leads, they'll both reflect the difficulties of working in the industry. DiCaprio will play actor Rick Dalton, who used to be a big western star. Pitt will play Dalton's longtime stunt double Cliff Boothe. Their struggling careers connect to the film's moment in history through Boothe, who is the neighbor to Sharon Tate. Tarantino issued the following statement about the casting:
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 LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.
The ultimate casting of DiCaprio isn't terribly surprising, and marks his reunion with Tarantino following his memorable role in Django Unchained. Pitt meanwhile also reunited with Tarantino after his work in Inglorious Bastards. While DiCaprio always looked poised to be the film's star, Pitt was long in the running with Tom Cruise, and it's now clear he won that race. With several other parts surely up for grabs, Cruise could still have a chance to snag a role if Tarantino really wanted him - even though Cruise as a washed up stuntman is a perfect fit on paper.
Speaking of additional casting, there has been plenty of talk that Margot Robbie will take on the role of Sharon Tate. If that does happen, it would mark a first time collaboration with Tarantino, while also reuniting her with DiCaprio, her co-star in The Wolf of Wall Street. Other reports have linked Samuel L. Jackson once again teaming up with Tarantino, as well as the director possibly courting Al Pacino for a role too. Whether or not any of these three wind up joining the project remains to be seen, but we should know soon now that DiCaprio and Pitt are onboard.
- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) release date: Jul 26, 2019