Tarantino's Next Movie Gets Pitt, DiCaprio, Title: Here's What We Know Now

Tarantino's Next Movie Gets Pitt, DiCaprio, Title: Here's What We Know Now

Mar 01, 2018

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UPDATE: Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) will star in Question Tarantino's next movie, which has been titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, per THR. The filmmaker has also provided a plot description: 

“[It's] a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad 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.”

Sony Pictures has scheduled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for theatrical release on August 9, 2019. 

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Charles Manson, one of the most notorious figures of the 20th century, died yesterday in a California state prison. The cult leader has been subject of many TV and movie projects in the past, and he'll be part of at least one more in the future. Quentin Tarantino's next feature was once thought to be entirely about Manson, though new plot details reveal he's merely a minor piece of a larger story. 

Here's everything we know so far:

What is the plot of Tarantino's next feature?

Vanity Fair got the scoop on the basic plot synopsis, which involves a male TV star, hot off a hit series, and his stunt double sidekick as they both try to transition to the movies. Set in the summer of 1969, the story unfolds at the same time as the Manson-ordered murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others, which forms a backdrop for the central narrative. 

Who will be in the movie? 

Nobody has been officially cast yet, but reportedly Tarantino wants Margot Robbie for the role of Tate and is looking at Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio for the TV star character. Cruise's potential involvement recently made news for the fact that, unlike Pitt and DiCaprio, he has never worked with the filmmaker. Jennifer Lawrence's name has also been in the mix for a part.

Which studio is putting out the movie?

Tarantino recently severed ties with The Weinstein Co. following the news about Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault and harassment of many women over the past few decades. Tarantino had worked with Weinstein for most of his career, so the industry wondered where he would go with his new movie. Late last week, Sony was announced as having won a bidding war for the distribution rights.

When will the movie come out?

Given the untitled movie is still in the pre-production stage, there's no release date set. But the California Film Commission did just announce Tarantino's movie, which has a budget of around $100 million, will receive an $18 million tax credit for filming in state. Production is expected to begin sometime in 2018, but it's unknown when exactly.

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