Unless you've been living under a rock, you already know that Leonardo DiCaprio is officially signed on to headline Quentin Tarantino's next film, an as-yet-untitled (our money's on #9), late-'60s Hollywood jam set against the backdrop of the Manson Family murders.
Allegedly, #9's plot revolves around an aging TV star and his stuntman co-hort attempting to break into the movie biz,and now - thanks to a few new details provided by Deadline's Mike Fleming - we know a bit more, particularly about DiCaprio's character.
"What he plays, more specifically, is an actor who had his own Western show, Bounty Law, that ran on the air from 1958 to 1963. His attempt to transition to movies didn’t work out and in 1969 — the film is set at the height of hippy Hollywood movement– he’s guesting on other people’s shows while contemplating going to Italy which has become a hotbed for low-budget Westerns. The movie, a Pulp Fiction-esque tapestry of Los Angeles during the summer of the Manson murders, will now get busy with casting."
Yup. This lines right up with everything else we've heard about the film thus far. Now we're wondering who'll play DiCaprio's stuntman/lookalike. Supposedly, both Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were being eyeballed for another role in the film - do you think one of them will play the stuntman? Assuming physical resemblance is part of the deal, that job would have to fall to Pitt rather than Cruise, right? None of them look much like DiCaprio, of course, but in that particular contest, it definitely ain't Cruise.
That said, Fleming also adds:
"I’d keep an eye on Tom Cruise, who might well surface as the other big male superstar in Tarantino’s film."
This project only gets more fascinating as we continue to learn new things about it. We're hanging on every word, and will have further updates for you as they roll in. In the meantime, hit the comments to celebrate, folks: a new, awesome-sounding Tarantino movie's on the horizon!