Few directors are more controversial in 2018 than Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino remains one of the most respected figures in the industry for the quality of his work, from “Pulp Fiction” to “Django Unchained.” However, in the aftermath of “MeToo” there have been more than a few issues the director continues to answer for. From having Uma Thurman perform her own stunts, to his misguided statements about the Weinsteins, Tarantino continues to be a lightning rod for controversy. Despite this, he is moving forward on “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” which is eyeing a 2019 release. Today, Margot Robbie has posted an image of herself on Instagram as the actress Sharon Tate, who is set to appear in the movie.
There’s little use in denying that Robbie is a very strong choice to play Tate. However, there are considerable questions as to why Tate needs to be in the movie at all. Tarantino continues to insist that Tate is a necessary element in this film, set to take place in 1969. The plot follows a Western Star (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) who are struggling in Hollywood. Supposedly, the characters live next door to Tate, who was brutally murdered by the Manson family in 1969.
The controversy surrounding Tate’s presence in the role is unlikely to go away. Robbie’s also an actress at the height of her powers. She’s coming off an Oscar nomination for “I, Tonya” and looks like she’ll be in contention this year for “Mary Queen of Scots” for playing Elizabeth. It’s not surprising that Tarantino wants to work with her. Hopefully, the film won’t misuse her.