QT's 2019 film is set in Los Angeles in 1969, following Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt); and Rick's very famous next-door neighbor, Sharon Tate.
Deadline called it "a great role" for Reynolds, and "maybe the best one the iconic 'Deliverance' star has gotten since 'Boogie Nights,'" which earned him an Oscar nomination. Here's more on the real-life guy Reynolds would portray:
"Spahn was 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."
Three other QT movie regulars are said to be in early discussions for smaller roles -- Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, and Michael Madsen. No word yet on the characters they would be playing, and if they'd be based on real people or invented for the film.
Tarantino recently talked up the movie at Sony's CinemaCon presentation. He called DiCaprio and Pitt "the most exciting dynamic star duo since Paul Newman and Robert Redford." He also described this next movie as "probably the closest to 'Pulp Fiction' that I have done."
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is scheduled for release in theaters on August 9, 2019.
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