OFFICIAL: Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio join Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson film
What a cast! The title and plot details have also been revealed.
It appears that Brad Pitt is going back to a director that knows him best after landing a part in Quentin Tarantino’s new film that revolves around the infamous murderer, Charles Manson.
Pitt is joining Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, which will be titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Tarantino, who is writing and directing, describes the project as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood."
DiCaprio will play Rick Dalton, former star of a western TV series, while Pitt will be his longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth.
Tarantino revealed further details about the film to Variety. “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,” Tarantino added.
Of course, Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home she shared with her husband, Roman Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple's son.
“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 7 years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A., and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff," said Tarantino.
Of course, the Pulp Fiction and reservoir dogs director has previously worked with Pitt in Inglourious Basterds, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards. DiCaprio starred in the Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which scored five Oscar nominations.
The film will be released worldwide on August 9, 2019 - that's the same day that marks the 50th anniversary of the Manson family comitting the LaBianca murders and the day after Tate was killed.