A lot of us have jumped off the Tarantino train in recent months, and several more of us jumped off the Tarantino train years ago, after Django or >The Hateful Eight. The Weinstein business, the Uma Thurman stuff, the choking, the spitting, the defense of Roman Polanski, the constant use of the N-word … well, it’s all a bit much.
It hasn’t hurt his ability to attract talent, however, and his latest film is no exception, as Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio have officially come aboard. We are also learning a few more details about the film, and it is perhaps not quite as Manson-y as we once believed.
Tarantino describes it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor … Sharon Tate.”
There is speculation here that Sharon Tate could be played by Margot Robbie, although it is worth noting that Tate was murdered in August 1969, the same year in which this film is set. The Manson business, however, seems like it might be a backdrop instead of the focus of the film.
“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 seven years old,” Tarantino said Wednesday in a statement. “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 and Pitt as Rick and Cliff.”
I’ll admit: This is the kind of film I would have been incredibly excited about 10 years ago. Or 5 years ago. And I am still intrigued by it, but much less than I once would have been. Tarantino is increasingly a part of an “L.A. and Hollywood that don’t exist anymore” or at least, “maybe shouldn’t exist anymore,” and there’s just too much toxicity surrounding the director these days.
At any rate, the film will be released on Aug. 9, 2019, which is actually the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate’s death, and well, that’s kind of creepy, isn’t it?