Brad Pitt has signed on to star in Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming Charles Manson film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
According to Deadline, the actors are being paired up for the film, which is being described as a “story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”
Sony told Deadline that: “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 neighbour… Sharon Tate.”
Tarantino has also confirmed the name of the new film will be Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and is being slated for an August 9, 2019 release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders.
Sharon Tate was an actress who gained notoriety after she was murdered along with four other people by Manson family cult members at the home she owned with her partner, director Roman Polanski. Tate was pregnant at the time.
Margot Robbie has been earmarked for the role of Tate but has yet to sign on to the project, which has courted some controversy given the subject matter.
“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 in a statement.
“I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that doesn’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be more excited about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff.”
Pitt previously worked with Tarantino on Inglourious Basterds while DiCaprio collaborated with the Pulp Fiction filmmaker on his previous effort, Django Unchained.
The pair have, technically speaking, previously appeared in a film together.
Back in 2015, the owners of the Studio City Macau Resort and Casino hired Martin Scorsese to write and direct a short film, featuring Pitt and DiCaprio alongside Robert De Niro.
It’s the only time De Niro and DiCaprio have worked together and features a brief appearance from Pitt with all three, and Scorsese, playing fictionalised versions of themselves.
You can watch the film above. It’s quite something.