It seems that Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is shaping up to have as star-studded a cast as his other projects.
The film, originally thought to be exclusively about the Charles Manson murder spree in 1969, which saw model and actress Sharon Tate killed during a home invasion. It has since been revealed that the story actually explores the state of things in Hollywood and Los Angeles during 1969, with the Manson family murders playing a small part in a larger story that focuses on a former western TV star and his long-serving stunt double.
Leonardo DiCaprio is playing washed-up TV star Rick Dalton, alongside Brad Pitt as his stunt double, Cliff Booth. After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that Margot Robbie will be playing Manson victim Sharon Tate, and so Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will serve as a reunion for Robbie and DiCaprio, who starred opposite each other in Wolf of Wall Street. Now her deal for the film is done, Robbie has spoken to Indiewire about what attracted her to the project:
“Beyond anything, I’ve just always wanted to see him work. And I want to see how he runs a set, and how he directs people, and what the vibe is onset, and what’s in the script, and then what happens on the day. I’m just fascinated by all of it, fascinated. So it’s going to be a crazy experience to witness it firsthand. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing.”
Sharon Tate is a fairly small part in the wider story of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but Robbie has said that she’s more than happy to take a step back from being a headliner:
“I feel a responsibility with every character I play, whether they’re fictional or real life. To play her right, play her truthfully, and kind of understand her emotional journey.”
Adding more starpower to the already impressive cast, is Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds, and frequent Tarantino collaborators Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen who have also been confirmed to star. In terms of structure, the story has already been likened to Pulp Fiction, as an interwoven collection of stories, and given the subject matter Tarantino is tackling, this film is likely to be just as controversial as those that came before it.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set for release on August 9th 2019.