In January it was reported that Leonardo DiCaprio was reuniting with Quentin Tarantino for his new film on the Manson murders, and now it seems Brad Pitt’s bagged himself a starring role too.
The two megastars have been cast in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which centres around the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, who was stabbed to death by members of the Manson family in August 1969.
Their addition to what is rumoured to be one of Tarantino’s last films before retirement was confirmed by Sony Pictures on Wednesday 28 February, with Leo playing the previously-rumoured part of Rick Dalton, the former star of a western TV series, and Brad as his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth.
Tarantino described the movie as ‘a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.
‘[Rick and Cliff] are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognise anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour…Sharon Tate.’
Notorious cult leader Charles Manson had ordered a group of his followers to attack the inhabitants of a Los Angeles house which he believed was owned by a record producer who had previously rejected him, but was actually owned by Polanski.
Over the course of several hours the group used guns and knives to brutally murder four members of the household as well as Sharon, who was eight months pregnant at the time.
In 1971 Manson – who died last year – and other members of the cult were sentenced to life in jail for the killings, as well as a number of other murders committed that summer.
Margot Robbie has also been slated to play Sharon, while Tom Cruise has also been linked to the project.
And of course this won’t be Brad or Leo’s first time working with the director, starring in Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained respectively.
The film is due to be released on 9 August 2019, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Tate’s murder.
‘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 in a statement.
‘I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that doesn’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be more excited about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff.’
Metro.co.uk have contacted reps for Brad and Leo for comment.
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