Quentin Tarantino has been in the news a lot lately for all the wrong reasons. First, there was his admission that he could have done more regarding Harvey Weinstein than he did and saying that he “knew enough to do more than I did.” Then, there were the recent allegations that he mistreated Uma Thurman on the set of Kill Bill, forcing her into doing a stunt she wasn’t comfortable with and possibly spitting in her face and choking her. Though Tarantino denies spitting at her and choking her, he admitted that he did things he wasn’t proud of on the set of those movies and said it was one of “most horrendous mistakes.”
Despite all this, Hollywood and movies fans alike are more than intrigued by Tarantino’s next project, especially after the announcement made on February 28th. Leonardo DiCaprio was already confirmed to star, but now Brad Pitt has officially joined the cast as well. DiCaprio and Pitt have both worked with Tarantino before, DiCaprio in 2012’s Django Unchained and Pitt in 2009’s Inglorious Basterds. Needless to say, we are pumped to see what these three can cook up together cause based on their track record, it could truly be something special.
Sony Pictures officially announced the film, titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, on February 28th and also revealed the plot.
“A story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad 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.”
Sharon Tate is, of course, the most infamous victim of the Manson Family murders which took place in 1969. It’s been known for awhile that Tarantino’s next film would revolve around these killings, but the director made sure to stress that this wasn’t a film about Charles Manson.
It will definitely be interesting to see how all of this comes together in preparation for the movie’s August 2019 release.