Brad Pitt has been announced for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie about the Manson family murders, which now has a title and official synopsis.
It had already been revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the eagerly-anticipated film, but now, after much speculation, it has been officially confirmed that Pitt will join him.
As reported by Deadline, the movie will be titled Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and its story “takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”.
DiCaprio will play Rick Dalton, a “former star of a western TV series”, while Pitt will portray Cliff Booth, Dalton’s “longtime stunt double”.
Both characters are “struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognise anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour… Sharon Tate.”
Tarantino was previously working with The Weinstein Company on the film but parted ways with the studio after news of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct surfaced. Sony has now picked up the movie.
Tarantino says of the news: “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. I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
According to reports, Tarantino also wants Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate in the picture, although Jennifer Lawrence has also been considered for the role.
Meanwhile, Tom Cruise, Al Pacino and Samuel L Jackson have all been linked to the film too.
The movie will be released on August 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the LaBianca murders and one day ahead of the same anniversary of Sharon Tate’s murder.
Recently, Quentin Tarantino was forced to apologise for his “ignorant” comments about the woman raped by Roman Polanski when she was 13.
Tarantino also made headlines recently when Uma Thurman spoke out about an “unforgivable” car crash and subsequent cover-up on the set of Kill Bill.
He later spoke out to explain his role in the incident, revealing that he thought the road would be safe.