Yesterday, Leonardo Dicaprio uploaded the first picture of him and co-star Brad Pitt in costume for their new film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. And the internet went crazy.
A new Tarantino film is always exciting. I mean, he’s considered one of the best directors of all time, and whether you like him or not, you can’t deny that he always comes up with something unique and innovative that gets into the lists of the best movies. In 2015, the year his last movie came out, he announced that he was planning on retiring as a filmmaker after releasing his tenth movie, so that means that if he really intends to do so, we’ll only have two more movies to enjoy and that would be it. For that reason, his new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a really big deal. This is so, not only because it will be his ninth movie (though technically this would be the last one, if we consider the Kill Bill volumes as two separate films), but also because he’s changing what he’s been doing in the past films and going back to his vintage greatness. So, let’s see what we know so far about the movie.
What's it about?
Since he announced he was writing his next film, he explained that the movie would take place in 1969 around the time Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson Family. At first, people believed it was going to be centered on Charles Manson and his cult, but he explained that it was only going to be linked to it, but not the focus of the film. As time went by, more details about the plot have been unveiled along with the actors that will give life to the story. So far, we know it will tell the story of Rick Dalton, a fading actor longing for the glory days when he was the star of a popular Western show. Now, he’s just trying to stay in the game in an industry that’s changed so much. Accompanying Dalton, we have Cliff Booth, his long-time stunt double. Dalton lives in the Hollywood Hills and is the neighbor of none other than Sharon Tate.
Who’s in it?
The first actor to be confirmed to appear in the film was Leonardo Dicaprio, who gave an amazing performance as Calvin Candie in Tarantino’s successful film, Django Unchained. Dicaprio will be playing the role of Dalton, while the one and only Brad Pitt (also a former Tarantino actor, as Aldo Raine in Inglorious Basterds) will be interpreting Booth. A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that Margot Robbie had signed on to play Sharon Tate after a huge controversy, since Tarantino was also considering Jennifer Lawrence for the part. Tate’s family said they didn’t believe Lawrence was “beautiful enough to portray her,” and whether or not Tarantino took that declaration into account, the part went to Margot Robbie.
Besides them, it was also announced that some of his recurring actors were collaborating once again with him, including Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and The Hateful Eight), Kurt Russell (Death Proof and The Hateful Eight), and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, and The Hateful Eight). Some other names that have been linked to the film are Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Emile Hirsch, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, and the film legend Al Pacino, though there’s no information yet about who these actors are playing in the film.
When is it going to be released?
Tarantino explained that it took him about five years to finish the story since he had always wanted to do something to honor the Los Angeles of his childhood and the last days of that Golden Age in Hollywood’s history. However, after the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein (he’s been the producer of all his films) and the controversy he himself was involved in after Uma Thurman talked about an incident while filming Kill Bill, his plans were postponed.
After some exhausting weeks of offers (I mean, who doesn’t want to produce a Tarantino film?), Sony Pictures finally bid the highest and offered him the best conditions to make the film. Together they announced that the movie will be released on August 9th, 2019 (the 50th anniversary of the murders).
We’ll probably learn more details in the following months, but so far, the movie sounds really great, since he had focused for such a long time on, let’s call them period films. Also, Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt being together in a film is something I'm very much looking forward to.
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