Quentin Tarantino Finds His Charles Manson for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’


The Quentin Tarantino film set in 1969 has finally cast one of its key pieces. While the Summer of ’69 is well regarded in pop culture as an era of sex, it was also one of extreme violence. Perhaps nothing showed this more than the Helter Skelter slayings committed by the Manson Family. This culminated in the murder of Sharon Tate, which eventually led to Manson’s downfall. Tarantino wishes to capture this era in his next film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” a moves one step closer after casting Charles Manson.

Tarantino has picked up actor  Damon Herriman to portray the infamous head of the Manson family. Herriman is best known to American audiences for his work on “Justified,” a modern Western that aired on FX. The Australian actor has never starred in an American production, making this a first for his career.  Taking on an iconic serial killer in a controversial movie is an interesting place to start. However, in Tarantino’s hands, it may be a far more complex role than even normal adaptations of the family.

Herriman was not the only one added to the cast. Tarantino also brought in Rumer Willis, Dreama Walker, Margaret Qualley, Costa Ronin, Victoria Pedretti and Madisen Beaty. Like most Tarantino films, the ensemble is simply enormous. While other films often focus in on a half dozen characters, this one has at least 8 certified stars. While most of the rest of the cast will be relegated to background and supporting roles, there are too many stars for that to be the cast in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Just look at Kurt RussellAl Pacino, and Burt Reynolds, some of whom may be in supporting roles. This cast is huge, and it’ll be interesting to see the end result.

What do you think of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” from Tarantino? Can this be a serious Oscar play? Let us know in the comments below! 

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will open on July 26, 2018.