Actor Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies, A Perfect Getaway) is currently in talks to appear in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Set in Los Angeles during the acid-tinged Summer of Love, Tarantino's first film since 2015's The Hateful Eight will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as two once-popular actors struggling to make their way through a rapidly changing Hollywood.
Meanwhile, the City of Angels is being terrorized by charismatic cult leader Charles Manson and his glassy-eyed, murderous minions. Earlier this week, it was announced Margot Robbie will star as Sharon Tate, Roman's Polanski's late wife and the Valley of the Dolls' star who was brutally killed by the Manson Family in 1969. (Tate will just so happen to live next door to DiCaprio's character, Rick Dalton.) Burt Reynolds co-stars, possibly playing one of Manson's creeped-out cronies. The film, said to be similar in scope, tone, and ambition to Tarantino's classic 1994 crime caper Pulp Fiction, will also star Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen.
As reported by Deadline, Olyphant is in talks to join the film as a co-lead. As of now, it's unclear whether Olyphant will be playing a fictitious character, or one of the all-too-real people being portrayed in the film. Olyphant is perhaps best known for his turn as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in FX's Justified, which ran from 2010 to 2015.
Olyphant's schedule needed to be rejiggered in order to accommodate his ongoing commitment to Netflix's zombie comedy, Santa Clarita Diet. Fortunately, it looks like he'll be able to pull off both projects. Tarantino's ninth feature film altogether, Once Upon A Time In America will mark the first time the director won't be working with The Weinstein Company, which he parted ways with in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Back in February, the fate of Once Upon a Time in America was cast in doubt following unsettling headlines revolving around Uma Thurman's Kill Bill car crash, which left the actress with permanent injuries. Tarantino was sharply criticized after Thurman revealed the director had convinced her to film the scene, despite her clearly indicating she was concerned about the safety of the car in question. Thurman subsequently said producers had gone to great lengths to cover up the incident, and ultimately praised Tarantino for corroborating her story by providing footage of the accident.
- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) release date: Jul 26, 2019