Lt. Aldo Raine, meet Calvin Candie.
Quentin Tarantino is rounding up the old A-list gang again, as Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are confirmed to star in his ninth film, which will be titled ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, it was announced Wednesday by Sony.
According to Tarantino, the story “takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (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 speculation has run rampant regarding Tarantino’s ninth film, today’s announcement seems to indicate that Charles Manson will be a relatively minor character in the story, even if his loony presence is felt throughout the film.
“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 and Pitt as Rick and Cliff,” said Tarantino, who previously worked with both actors on Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds, respectively. Those two films are, I believe, the highest grossers in Tarantino’s esteemed filmography, and they went on to receive 13 Oscar nominations between them.
The filmmaker actually goes back a bit further with Pitt, who appeared in Tony Scott’s True Romance, which was, of course, written by Tarantino.
Sony will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Aug. 9, 2019 — the 50th anniversary of the day the Manson family committed the LaBianca murders, and the day after Tate was killed. It will be Tarantino’s first film released without the involvement of Harvey Weinstein.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief