Burt Reynolds in Talks for Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Also joining the cast are Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen.

Robbie spoke about the role in an interview with IndieWire, saying: "Tarantino is one of my bucket-list directors".

In any event, we'll be keeping our ear to the ground for further updates as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood heads into production, on its way to an already-announced release date of August 19th, 2019. 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). The horrific murder of Sharon Tate (Rick's neighbour in the film) and four of her friends by Charles Manson's cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story. Their only other feature collaboration was on 2006'sThe Departed, which Pitt produced and DiCaprio starred in.Pitt's collaboration with Tarantino onInglorious Basterds resulted in eight Academy Award nominations, with Waltz also taking home the film's only Oscar for his supporting role.

Deadline broke last July that Tarantino had met with Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate, and sources said those talks are ongoing. Now Robbie has confirmed that she has indeed been cast in the movie. He called DiCaprio and Pitt "the most exciting dynamic star duo since Paul Newman and Robert Redford". Besides The Hateful Eight, Roth has starred in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, and Madsen starred in Reservoir Dogs and the Kill Bill films. Sony described the film as a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.

Though the new movie will focus on the Hollywood scene in the late '60s, a pivotal time when the old studio system was dying and the so-called New Hollywood era was being ushered in, it will also peer at the darker side of Los Angeles at the dawn of the '70s.

Robbie's connection to the 1960s-set film, originally thought to be all about Charles Manson and the Manson Family killings, has been speculated about for quite a while, with buzz first sparking up when it was reported that director Tarantino had met with the Australian-born actress about portraying Tate, the murdered wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. The Titanticactor's casting as an older actor carries a bit of irony. "I don't want just 10 Tarantino films". As long as I can remember, I've been a huge Tarantino fan.

Tarantino recently talked up the movie at Sony's CinemaCon presentation.

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