Well, they've been dancing around it for months, but now it's finally been given a name: Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, headed our way next year from Sony, will be called Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Oh, and also, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are now both signed to headline the film.
The news comes to us via the Hollywood Reporter, who go on describe the project thusly:
"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.”
This is the most detailed plot description we've heard yet, and also confirms some of the off-the-record whisperings we've heard over the past few weeks. Interesting to hear that Pitt will be playing DiCaprio's stunt double, though we suppose that makes way more sense than Tom Cruise (previously rumored to be starring in the Pitt role) playing DiCaprio's stunt double.
Speaking of Cruise: no word on whether or not this takes him out of contention completely for a role in the film, but - for the record - we remain unopposed to seeing Tom Cruise in a Quentin Tarantino film, and will be satisfied even if he were to pop up in a very tiny role. Any role. At all. We just want to hear him recite Tarantino dialogue, is that so much to ask?
Nothing further to report at this time, but with the major roles all locked in, we're guessing the rest of the cast will fall into place shortly. Stay tuned for more on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as it becomes available, and sound off in the comments below with your thoughts on the above - you folks into this casting or what?
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