Another famous leading man has boarded Quentin Tarantino’s latest project. The film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” will officially reunite Brad Pitt (“Fight Club”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) with the critically acclaimed director, who previously collaborated with them on classics like “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained.”
Tarantino describes the upcoming project, according to THR, as a story set in the golden age of “hippy Hollywood” in 1969. Main characters Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), a faded Western action star, and longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) are struggling to find work in a town that’s left them in the dust; but as luck should have it, Rick has a rather popular next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate. Tarantino is very excited about the project, saying in a statement on Wednesday:
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. I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.
The casting announcement comes amidst the very public development of the film, which saw Tarantino move on from the embattled Weinstein Company and over to Sony after a heavy bidding war for the project. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is an expensive flick for the studio, and the road continued to be rocky during casting. While both actors had been circling their roles for some time, THR reports that DiCaprio nearly walked away in January before officially boarding the project. Pitt joined just this week.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” premieres Aug. 9, 2019.