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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Everything We Know So Far

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Everything We Know So Far

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

After more than 25 years at the top of Hollywood’s food chain, the words ‘Directed by Quentin Tarantino‘ are a big deal right now. Quentin Tarantino doesn’t make a lot of movies. But when he does, he makes sure they’re damn good. And his upcoming project looks set to be just that. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set in the backdrop of the infamous Manson Murders in 1969.

The cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is packed with legends of film like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Kurt Russel, Burt Reynolds as well as current stars like Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant and so on. The movie is said to be separated into thematic chapters. Classic Tarantino.

Here’s everything we know about the film so far.

Leonardo DiCaprio was confirmed for the cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in January 2018. DiCaprio, who previously worked with Tarantino in the 2012 western Django Unchained, will be playing Rick Dalton, an ageing actor. Brad Pitt was also confirmed for the cast as he rejoined his Inglourious Basterds director for another project, playing Cliff Booth, Rick Dalton’s stunt double.

Tarantino described the film as:

“A story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippie Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (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.”

Following the casting of Pitt and DiCaprio, Tarantino seemed to get the band back together, as he roped in a bunch of veteran stars from his previous projects, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen. Burt Reynolds was also cast for the movie, but as he passed away on September 6, 2018, before shooting his scenes, he was replaced by Bruce Dern.

Following a lengthy negotiation process, Margot Robbie was officially confirmed (via an interview with IndieWire) to be playing Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in May 2018. Sharon Tate was the actress who was murdered by members of The Manson Family, the cult started by Charles Manson, on August 9, 1969. This incident is set as the backdrop of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

As if the cast couldn’t get more star-studded, Academy Award winner and film legend Al Pacino was cast in the role of Marvin Shwarz, the agent of DiCaprio’s character in the film. Damian Lewis (Billions), Dakota Fanning (Please Stand By), the late Luke Perry (Riverdale), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), and Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld) also signed on, joining an absurd lineup.

Lewis will play actor and American cultural icon Steve McQueen, while Hirsch will portray hairstylist Jay Sebring, one of the Manson murder victims.

Fanning is to play a Manson disciple who later attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford, and the other actors’ characters are either fictional or lesser-known players in the story.

Keith Jefferson and Nicholas Hammond also joined the cast. James Marsden, who played Cyclops in the X-Men movies of the 2000s and later Teddy in Westworld, along with Julia Butters (American Housewife) was also added to the cast.


First Look

In late June, DiCaprio posted a picture of himself and Brad Pitt, offering a preview of himself and Pitt portraying their ’60s-era characters.

Margot Robbie released a first look of herself as Sharon Tate on Instagram in early August.
In a move that got action movie-lovers hyperventilating, Tarantino made another high-profile addition to the cast of real-world characters portrayed in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

According to The Wrap, legendary martial artist and action star Bruce Lee would be played by Mike Moh in the film.

Bruce Lee served as a trainer for many high profile actors and actresses in the late ’60s, including Sharon Tate and her husband, Roman Polanski. After the murders, Lee was briefly investigated as a potential suspect in the killings.

Rafal Zawierucha was cast as Roman Polanski a short while after. Known for directing movies like The Pianist and Rosemary’s Baby, Polanski was married to Sharon Tate when she was murdered by Manson’s cult of followers.

Years later, Polanski was charged with drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl, and eventually fled the U.S. after pleading guilty to a lesser offence that would have sent him to prison.

After months of speculation as to who Tarantino would cast as Charles Manson, the role was finally given to Damon Herriman. Coincidentally, Damon Herriman also played Charles Manson in the Netflix TV series Mindhunter.


More Photos

In late January, set photos of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood were released, offering a look at cast members, as well as Tarantino and his crew at work.


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Poster Release

Mid-March, Sony Pictures finally released the official poster with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio against the iconic Hollywood hills in the background.



The Trailer (Finally!)

After months of anticipation, we got a good look of DiCaprio, Pitt and Robbie in the classic hipster backdrop of 1960s Hollywood, and boy, does it look good. Starting with a black-and-white shot of DiCaprio and Pitt in an inteview, we get a look through 1960s Hollywood, as psychedelic as ever. Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate looks groovy, along with shots of Manson and Mike Moh as Bruce Lee. While the movie is set in the backdrop of a horrific event, it seems to be more of a comedy than a murder fest. But then again, this is Quentin Tarantino. It would be odd if we didn’t see even a spot of blood in his movies.

But in an interview with the Entertainment Weekly, producers David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh said that they want to clear the “misconception” that the film only deals with the famous cult and the murders they committed. “It’s about the loss of innocence that came about in 1969 with the Manson family,” McIntosh explained. “There’s the high Hollywood of Sharon, the declining star of Rick, and there’s Cliff, who lives farther out and with more humble means.” “This is Quentin’s most personal film,” Heyman says. “This is his memories of growing up in Los Angeles and being a fan of Hollywood.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood looks to be genuine contender for the awards season. Hey, it’s Tarantino, his movies are always in contention. 26th July can’t get here soon enough.


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