Al Pacino, James Marsden and More Join Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Al Pacino

UPDATE 3: As the start of production looms on Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the all-star ensemble continues to fill up with talented actors. Last week, we heard that Dakota Fanning (as Squeaky Fromme, who later attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford), Damian Lewis (as iconic actor Steve McQueen) and Emile Hirsch (as hairstylist Jay Sebring), along with Luke Perry, Clifton Collins Jr. and Nicholas Hammond, had all joined the supporting cast.

Now comes word via Variety that Al Pacino (above in Hangman) and James Marsden are the latest additions to the cast. Pacino will portray a Hollywood agent who represents the actor to be played by Leonard DiCaprio, the former star of a TV Western. Marsden’s role has not yet been revealed.

(Catch up with everything we know in our previously-published posts below.)


UPDATE 2: Quentin Tarantino is casting his next movie and the stars are certainly lining up to join Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The latest report is that Burt Reynolds is in talks to star, according to Deadline, while Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen are in early discussions to play smaller roles. The latter trio appeared together in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

If things work out, Reynolds will play George Spahn, the real-life owner of a ranch in Los Angeles. Charles Manson convinced Spahn to let him and his so-called “family” live on the ranch for months, in exchange for sexual favors from Manson’s female followers. Reynolds was a huge star in the 1970s and his presence in the film would certainly add dramatic and thematic weight to what already sounds like a very compelling ensemble piece. 


(Read more about the film in our previously-published posts below.)

UPDATE 1: Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) will star in Quentin 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.