Well, it's been rumored for months and seemed all but guaranteed, but now it's official: Margot Robbie will play Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming '60s thriller, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. IndieWire confirmed as much with the actress yesterday, at a press event for Robbie's latest film, Terminal.
“Tarantino is one of my bucket-list directors. As long as I can remember, I’ve been a huge Tarantino fan...
Beyond anything, I’ve just always wanted to see him work. And I want to see how he runs a set, and how he directs people, and what the vibe is onset, and what’s in the script, and then what happens on the day. I’m just fascinated by all of it, fascinated. So it’s going to be a crazy experience to witness it firsthand. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing.”
Robbie definitely sounds hyped to be working with Tarantino, which makes us wonder what the hold-up was here: did the reports of Tarantino's behavior on the set of Kill Bill Vol. 2 give her pause? Perhaps it was a simple contract negotiation (following her Oscar nomination for last year's I, Tonya, her pay rate has surely increased)? We'll probably never know why it took so long for Robbie to sign on the dotted line, but that's fine - we're just happy she's onboard now.
It remains unclear how much screentime Sharon Tate will have in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The logline tells us Tarantino's latest revolves around a TV actor (to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stuntman (to be played by Brad Pitt) who find themselves struggling to break into the film industry...while also living right next door to the infamously doomed actress.
For what it's worth, Robbie indicates that it will be a small role, telling IndieWire:
“I always want to play supporting roles. I love not having the responsibility of a film rest on my shoulders. It’s terrifying. Like Mary Queen of Scots, I’m like, ‘That’s Mary, Queen of Scots, and I get to play [Queen Elizabeth I],’ you know? That’s perfect for me. I get to work with an actress I adore, Saoirse [Ronan]. It’s scary when the title of the film is your character’s name.”
Curiouser and curiouser, but not entirely shocking: Tarantino's already downplayed the amount of Manson Family material in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and a few off-the-record things we've heard indicate that some of the real-life people set to appear as characters in the film will have...eh, let's just say "less screen time than you might expect". Do with that what you will.
In any event, we'll be keeping our ear to the ground for further updates as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood heads into production, on its way to an already-announced release date of August 19th, 2019. Stay tuned, folks.