Actors Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are reuniting with director Quentin Tarantino for his latest opus, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a movie about Los Angeles in the 1960s. This has got to be good.
Tarantino said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter) that it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). 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.” Oh, man, it keeps getting better.
“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 added. “I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that doesn’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
Of course, both actors know what they are in for working with the auteur. Pitt starred in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, while DiCaprio worked with him in Django Unchained. Both movies earned several Oscar nominations, with Christophe Waltz winning Best Supporting Actor for Basterds.
The fact this title is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood leads me to believe Tarantino is still somewhat in his Western phase. His last film, The Hateful Eight, was a straight-up Western, while Django also took place partially in the West. Once Upon a Time in the West is a classic 1968 Western, and we all know how much Tarantino loves his classic movies. So, there’s going to be homages, you can be sure, even if it takes place in the ’60s and around the Charles Manson murders.
The film is set to be released worldwide on August 9, 2019. Cannot wait!