Today, a trailer released for the upcoming Tarantino flick Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood. Check it out below:
This will technically be the 11th full feature film he directs. Tarantino doesn’t include his first film My Best Friend’s Birthday in the count as well as referring to Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 as one film. So with that in mind, the ninth film will focus on Hollywood around the end of its Golden Age. The year is 1969 and Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a fading television star on a quest to regain fame and glory. Alongside his loyal stunt man Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, they aim to climb the ladder of success.
The lingering word from the inside, though, is that the film is actually about the Manson Killings during this period. Damon Herriman plays the deranged Charles Manson at the height of his reign of violence on Hollywood socialites. Margot Robbie will be playing 60’s actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Manson and his followers. We even get a spot-on Bruce Lee performance from actor Mike Moh. Other noteworthy inclusions are Damian Lewis playing Steve McQueen and Timothy Olyphant as James Stacy. The star-studded cast is rounded out by the likes of James Marsden, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Emile Hirsch, Michael Madsen, Lena Dunham and Harley Quinn Smith. The film will also contain the final on-screen performance by the late Luke Perry.
Obviously, there is a deep and dark story beneath the light-hearted trailer that we were given. Tarantino has instructed audiences to please be courteous and not spoil the twists and turns of the film. A script leak was the cause of a complete ending change in The Hateful Eight, it almost caused him to cancel the movie altogether. Tarantino is no stranger to the pitfalls of spoilers and has pleaded this as a result. Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is said to be his penultimate, film if we are to believe the “ten movies and done” policy he has been living by for the past couple of years.
My one hang-up is the fact that Samuel L. Jackson was not listed in the cast for this film. I suppose there is a chance he is unlisted like Bruce Willis in Four Rooms or Channing Tatum in The Hateful Eight. Let’s hope so. The film will be in theaters this July.
What is your favorite Tarantino film? Would you still be interested in a Star Trek movie from him?