Quentin Tarantino is bringing out the big guns for his next film. After already confirming Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie for starring roles, and earlier this week adding a bevy of supporting talent including Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis and Emile Hirsch, he’s now gone and snagged Al Pacino for a role, surely making this one of the best ensembles ever committed to celluloid.
This will mark the first time the director has worked with the eight-time Academy Award nominees, and the casting is not totally surprising, considering that it was rumoured back when Pitt and DiCaprio were cast that Tarantino was writing a role with Pacino specifically in mind. Pacino will reportedly play a Hollywood agent by the name of Martin Shwarz.
The film is being described as a sprawling Pulp Fiction-esque epic, with interwoven stories set in 1969 Los Angeles, with the Manson murders serving as a macabre backdrop. DiCaprio will star as Rick Dalton, a former western TV star struggling to stay relevant, with Pitt as his longtime trusty stunt double Cliff Booth. Rick also happens to live next door to a certain Sharon Tate (Robbie).
Tarantino is still reportedly looking for actors to portray Manson as well as martial arts icon Bruce Lee. Whatever he has planned for this film, it’s looking like it will be classic Tarantino, which might be refreshing for some fans after his last film, The Hateful Eight, was sort of a western chamber drama and a slight departure from his usual style.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is gearing up to be one of the most anticipated films of the last five years. It finally arrives in cinemas on August 9, 2019.