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.
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“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.
“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,” Tarantino said in a statement. “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.”
Tarantino has worked with both actors before. In 2009, Pitt starred in ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ which was nominated for eight Academy Awards with Christoph Waltz taking home the win for Best Supporting Actor. It raked in $321,455,689 at the worldwide box-office on a $70 million dollar budget.
In 2012, DiCaprio starred in ‘Django Unchained,’ which was nominated for five Academy Awards with Christoph Waltz winning for the second time Best Supporting Actor and Tarantino taking home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. That film, on a $100 million dollar budget brought in a worldwide box-office total of $425,368,238.
After the downfall of longtime mega-producer Harvey Weinstein and Tarantino’s close ties with the Weinstein Co., a bidding war erupted for the next studio to tackle his upcoming project with Sony Pictures eventually acquiring the rights.
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ will be released worldwide on August 9, 2019. Opening on the 50th anniversary of the day that the Manson family committed the LaBianca murders and the day after Tate was killed.
I’ll definitely be attending opening night as I have been doing with Tarantino’s films since ‘Jackie Brown’ in 1997.