It’s clear that Quentin Tarantino‘s latest is going to be quite the ensemble. His films always have large and intriguing casts, but this might take the cake. Almost every day this week, new cast members have arrived to join Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” This comes hot and heavy after QT spent a fair amount of time deciding on the lead roles. He wound up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt for return engagements, though Tom Cruise nearly joined him for the first time. Well, another living legend is signing up for an initial spin with the A-list auteur.
Variety is reporting that Al Pacino is taking one of the supporting roles in this movie. Previously, they had reported on a whole host of new additions to the cast, including Clifton Collins, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Damian Lewis, and Luke Perry. Then, just a few hours ago, James Marsden signed on as well. This group joins the previously announced DiCaprio and Pitt, plus Timothy Olyphant, Burt Reynolds, and Margot Robbie. Interestingly, almost all of the new additions are playing real life figures, which is a new Tarantino twist. See more below…
Here are the announcements, with some word on who they’re all playing:
Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” just landed another legendary actor: Al Pacino.
Pacino will play Marvin Shwarz — Leonardo DiCaprio’s character’s agent in the Sony film — marking his first collaboration with Tarantino. Dating back to his first feature film, 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs,” Tarantino has always cast movie stars he grew up watching, from Robert Forster in “Jackie Brown” to David Carradine in the “Kill Bill” films. Pacino fits that mold of actors who rose to fame in the 1970s.
James Marsden and “American Housewife” actress Julia Butters will join the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” sources tell Variety.
Insiders would not reveal what roles Marsden and Butters will be playing.
Damian Lewis, meanwhile, will portray acting icon Steve McQueen, Luke Perry is Scotty Lancer, Emile Hirsch is hairstylist Jay Sebring, Dakota Fanning is Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme — a member of the Manson family — Clifton Collins is Ernesto the Mexican Vaquero, Keith Jefferson is Land Pirate Keith, and Nicholas Hammond is director Sam Wanamaker.
For those who forget, the plot to Tarantino’s latest has the following plot, via the same Variety stories: “The pic takes place in Los Angeles in 1969. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), the 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 no longer recognize. But Dalton has a very famous next-door neighbor … Sharon Tate.” Baity stuff. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is currently scheduled for release on Aug. 9, 2019, 50 years exactly after the Manson Murders. Stay tuned for more.