Dakota Fanning (The Alienist) has joined the cast as Squeaky Fromme, one of the more well-known “Manson girls,” who attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford following the Manson Family reign. Homeland‘s Damian Lewis will be playing legendary actor Steve McQueen; Emile Hirsch will be playing Jay Sebring, a hairstylist and one of four victims in the Tate killings; and Luke Perry has also joined the cast along with Clifton Collins Jr. Additionally, none other than Al Pacino (Danny Boyle) has also joined the cast as DiCaprio’s agent, which is just the most perfect casting decision of the year.
There has been a bit more casting news, along with further confirmation of the roles some of the new cast will be playing in Tarantino’s latest.
James Marsden and American Housewife actress Julia Butters will join the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, sources tell Variety.
Insiders would not reveal what roles Marsden and Butters will be playing.
Damian Lewis, meanwhile, will portray acting icon Steve McQueen, Luke Perry (Riverdale) is Scotty Lancer, Emile Hirsch is hairstylist Jay Sebring, Dakota Fanning is Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme — a member of the Manson family — Clifton Collins is Ernesto the Mexican Vaquero, Keith Jefferson is Land Pirate Keith, and Nicholas Hammond is director Sam Wanamaker.
Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is currently in production with an all-star cast, and two of the biggest movie stars alive in the leading roles. With a budget of nearly $100 million dollars and a crowd-pleasing story at its core, many (myself included) are expecting the Pulp Fiction director’s latest to be a big hit. Tarantino’s follow-up to 2015’s The Hateful Eight is set in Manson-era Los Angeles and deals heavily with the Hollywood of old as it transitioned into the New American cinema of the 1970s, as well as the murder of actress Sharon Tate. Below, we’ve compiled all the available details regarding Tarantino’s newest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
As of now, we know that the film follows two friends – Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth – struggling to break into the Hollywood mainstream. One is a flailing television actor, the other is his loyal stunt double. There’s just one problem: Rick and Cliff just so happen to live next door to Ms. Sharon Tate, the most famous of Charles Manson’s many victims. Although Manson never actually killed anyone himself, he managed to convince others to do his bidding for him, and the murder of Sharon Tate continues to be one of the most devastating Hollywood stories in history.
A full synopsis of the film reveals:
Tarantino described Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton, former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth. 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.”
Many of the lead roles have already been cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth. Tarantino has described the two as having “the most exciting star dynamic duo since Robert Redford and Paul Newman.” Oddly enough, DiCaprio and Pitt have never shared the screen before, despite working with a lot of the same directors and similar subject matter.
Other recent additions include DiCaprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, and Burt Reynolds as George Spahn, a real-life rancher who rented out his property to a number of Hollywood studios and even housed the Manson family at the height of their activity in exchange for sex with the Manson Family women.
Margot Robbie has CONFIRMED she will portray Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ 🎬 pic.twitter.com/qJWLmafbNT
— best of margot (@bestofmargot) March 16, 2018
There are also a number of other recognizable actors in unspecified roles, including Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant, whose onscreen nemesis Walton Goggins was featured in The Hateful Eight. Additionally, Tarantino alums Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Zoë Bell, and Michael Madsen are all onboard as well.
Then, there’s the matter of newcomer Aundrea Smith, a young new actress whose only credited roles are mostly bit parts in low-budget movies and television shows. Her most prominent role to date is an appearance on Freeform’s Siren from this year, but we have no idea who she’ll be playing in Tarantino’s new film. In terms of assembling a cast, Tarantino has always been great about balancing recognizable actors with new faces, and shining a much-needed spotlight on up-and-coming actors worth watching.
As of now, Sony has scheduled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for an August 9th, 2019 release date, exactly 50 years after the murder of Sharon Tate. It’s been reported that Tarantino plans to shoot the film on 65mm film, so expect an IMAX release, at least for a week or two. At a budget of $100 million dollars, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has to gross $300 million to break even. It’s worth pointing out that Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight had worldwide grosses of $321 million, $425 million, and $151 million, respectively.
That said, I do expect Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to do well at the box office. The cast is irresistible, serial killer movies are all the rage, and The Hateful Eight is kind of an anomaly in that it had less than half the budget, was one of Tarantino’s talkiest films, and didn’t receive as wide of a release as Basterds and Unchained. It helps that Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t starred in anything since 2015, when he finally won his Oscar for The Revenant.
Brad Pitt is a different story, though. He’s been doing movies, including a starring role in David Michod’s Netflix comedy War Machine, but his work as a mainstream movie star has definitely been put on the back burner in favor of smaller roles in, well, better movies. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Pitt star in a big movie like this, so I expect his return to the biggest of big screens to be somewhat momentous. But again, this movie has a lot of appeal to a lot of different groups of people, so I expect the box office return to reflect that. In fact, I’m willing to say that this could potentially be the biggest hit of Tarantino’s career.
Some random fun facts about the production:
– Leonardo DiCaprio took a 50% pay cut to star in the film.
– This will be the first of Tarantino’s films to not have any involvement with Harvey Weinstein.
– Tarantino has said that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the closest thing he’s done to Pulp Fiction since that film was released.
– A chairman from Sony named Tom Rothman said, “It’s the best screenplay that I have had the privilege to read.” DiCaprio also praised the writing at CinemaCon, saying, “It’s hard to speak about a film that we haven’t done yet, but I’m incredibly excited … to work with Brad Pitt, and I think he’s going to transport us. I’m a huge fan of Singin’ in the Rain — movies about Hollywood. As an LA native, having read the script, it’s one of the most amazing screenplays. We are going to do our best job to make it fantastic.”
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