Everything about this sucks.
It was exciting news when Reynolds was announced for the star-studded production. He was cast to play George Spahn, the real-life 80-year-old near-blind man who owned the ranch where Charles Manson and his followers lived.
Deadline had 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.
But it wasn't meant to be.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds was set to start filming his role in a matter of weeks.
His niece said, in a statement:
"My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino, and the amazing cast that was assembled."
Dammit. Obviously the loss for his family and friends is much greater than any fan disappointment. But it's just sad that he was SO CLOSE to filming this QT movie alongside Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Kurt Russell, and the rest of the lineup.
Not that his legacy needed one more big movie. Really, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" needed Burt Reynolds to capture the feel of Old Hollywood.
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" will have to carry on without Burt Reynolds as it continues filming for its July 26, 2019 release.
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