[Update 1:30 p.m.: Variety reports that Quentin Tarantino is also courting Al Pacino for a key supporting role that was written specifically for the legendary actor. Our original story is below.]
After working together on Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio is ready to saddle up for Quentin Tarantino’s new movie centered around Charles Manson and the murder of Sharon Tate, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
DiCaprio is in negotiations to play an aging actor in the film, which will be Tarantino’s ninth as a director but his first to be released without the input of Harvey Weinstein, as Sony won distribution rights in a recent bidding war following the producer’s scandal.
Margot Robbie is in talks to play Sharon Tate, while Tarantino is still deciding between Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise for the other male lead. Tarantino and Pitt worked together before on Inglourious Basterds, but the director is also said to be eager to work with Cruise, who sources say may be better suited for the part, which is believed to be that of a prosecutor. Additionally, Variety film reporter Justin Kroll tweeted that Pitt has already moved on from the project due to scheduling, and that the role is Cruise’s, if he wants it.
Tarantino’s film will be DiCaprio’s first since winning an Oscar for The Revenant, but we’ll have to wait until Aug. 9, 2019 to see it. The release date coincides with the 50th anniversary of Tate’s murder.
Tarantino is producing with David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh, while line producer Georgia Kacandes will also serve as an executive producer. The project boasts an $18 million production tax credit from the state of California, where production will begin later this year.
DiCaprio is represented by LBI Entertainment, and his publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Deadline broke the news.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief