Quentin Tarantino has assembled one hell of a cast for his 1960’s era opus of violence, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; though not fully manned at this time, the ever-expanding ensemble now includes alums from past Tarantino movies and A-list newcomers alike. The film is set to premiere on August 19th, 2019: The 50th Anniversary of the Tate murders.
A few of the characters are recreations of actual living persons, others are clearly amalgamations of famous players in the Tate/LaBianca murders that stunned the world in the late 1960’s, essentially corrupting the “Peace and Love” ideology of the era’s “Flower Children”.
Since there have been a ton of new announcements recently, and it’s been a while since we reported on the productions, here’s the entire cast as it stands at this time. We’ve included character names and descriptions when they are available. Have a look-see and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate: “On January 20, 1968, Tate married Roman Polanski, her director, and co-star in 1967’s The Fearless Vampire Killers. On August 9, 1969, Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home she shared with Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple’s son.” (Source)
Burt Reynolds plays George Spahn, “an 80-year-old near-blind man who rented his L.A. ranch out to be used as the location for Westerns. Charlie Manson convinced Spahn to allow him and his followers to live on the ranch, in the months before they murdered Tate and six others. In exchange for rent, Manson coerced his female followers into hopping into bed with the ranch owner, and serving as his seeing-eye guides, per reports.” (Source)
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, former star of a western TV series.
Brad Pitt plays Dalton’s long-time stunt double, Cliff Booth.
Other male actors confirmed for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (potentially playing Manson or his right-hand man, Tex Watson, are Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russel, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen (although the latter’s age makes the idea of him playing a psycho hippy unlikely).
Other female actors confirmed for One Upon a Time in Hollywood (potentially play coffee heiress Abigale Folger, the second-most-famous Manson Family victim) are Zoe Bell and Aundrea Smith.
Clearly, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is shaping up to be something epic! We’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge. Stay tuned!
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