Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, according to a press release by Sony Pictures. Tarantino described the film as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”
DiCaprio will portray Rick Dalton, the former star of a Western TV series, while Pitt stars as Cliff Booth, Dalton’s longtime stunt double.
“Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore,” Tarantino shared. “But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor… Sharon Tate.”
“I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old,” Tarantino said in Sony’s release. “I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A., and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
The director has reportedly asked Oscar nominated actress Margot Robbie to play Tate, who was murdered by Charles Manson’s cult members. The actress and wife of director Roman Polanski was pregnant at the time she was killed.
The movie is set to release worldwide on August 9, 2019, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the day that the Family Manson committed the brutal murders of Tate and five of her friends.
Tarantino has previously worked with DiCaprio in Django Unchained, which earned five Oscar nominations. Pitt starred in Inglorious Basterds, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards.