Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is shaping up to be one of the most-anticipated – and most controversial – films of 2019.
The movie will tell the story of the infamous Manson Family, who murdered actress Sharon Tate in 1969. Movie bosses were originally planning to release the film on 9 August next year but, when someone pointed out that this was in fact the 50th anniversary of Tate’s brutal killing, they wisely reconsidered. The release has now been brought forward by two weeks.
And there were even questions about Tarantino’s position at the helm of the project after he became embroiled in a public spat with Kill Bill star Uma Thurman, who accused him of endangering her life, spitting on her and choking her while filming for her iconic Bride role.
Things seem to have settled down somewhat and, to be honest, we’ve been bewildered by the dazzling array of superstar actors and actresses who’ve signed up for the project.
Hollywood stars attached to the film currently include Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning. Phew!
And now another batch of stars are joining the movie’s cast, including Girls creator Lena Dunham.
Dunham, 32, will be playing a character named Gypsy, according to Deadline, and will be joined by actors Austin Butler, Maya Hawke, and Lorenza Izzo.
“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 about the project earlier.
“I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
Tarantino, who is directing his own script, also said at CinemaCon that the film will be the most similar in style and plotting to his 1994 masterwork Pulp Fiction.
Bring it on, Quentin!
(Images: Instagram / Getty)