Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Tarantino, who wrote the script and will direct and produce the movie, was inspired by his own upbringing in the midst of LA’s hippie-crazed counterculture.
The movie takes place in Hollywood in 1969 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, a faded TV Western star who’s trying to come to terms with a rapidly changing Hollywood landscape alongside his longtime stunt double, played by Brad Pitt. They also live next door to actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) the summer she was murdered by followers of Charles Manson.
“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 seven years old,” Tarantino said. “I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore.”
Other cast members include the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant and Bruce Dern who will play the real-life rancher who owned the infamous ranch where Manson and his followers lived.
Even though it’s not confirmed, the film is expected premiere this May at the Cannes Film Festival, where Tarantino won the Palme d’Or exactly 25 years ago for Pulp Fiction. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theatres on July 26. Check out the trailer below.