We've seen the trailer (and what a damn fine trailer it was), but there's still quite a bit we don't know about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – like how does the murder of Sharon Tate factor into this whole thing? And is this another bit of revisionist history, like Inglourious Basterds? Is Bruce Lee gonna murder the hell out of Charlie Manson? Quentin Tarantino won't be answering those questions until our butts are in theater seats, but in an interview with USA Today, he did reveal a couple of interesting details about his two lead characters. As previously revealed, Leonardo DiCaprio is playing western TV star Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt is playing his stunt double, Cliff Booth. Together, the pair are trying to break into the movie business in Hollywood, at a time (1969) when the industry is rapidly changing. Aside from casting, that's pretty much all we know so far.
Tarantino shed a teensy bit of light on Rick and Cliff, explaining that DiCaprio's western star is "a man full of inner turmoil and self-pity for not being in a better position, career-wise. But as is Rick’s way, he blames everybody but himself." Sounds like the perfect role for modern DiCaprio, who showed off some of those charmingly narcissistic flourishes in the first trailer. As for Cliff, Tarantino describes him as a "World War II hero" (you don't say...) who's "indestructible." Cliff is "one of the deadliest guys alive," Tarantino says. "He could kill you with a spoon, a piece of paper, or a business card... Consequently, he is a rather Zen dude who is troubled by very little." It'll be interesting to see not only how these two play off of each other, but how Cliff interacts with Mike Moh's Bruce Lee – something we saw a bit of in that first trailer.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also stars Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Luke Perry (in what appears to be his final film role), Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, and – as is the case with every Tarantino movie – a ton of other people you know and love. Tarantino's latest hits theaters on July 26.