What Leonardo DiCaprio Thinks About ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Leonardo DiCaprio – returning to a Tarantino-helmed production for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – previously worked for the controversial director on Django: Unchained. Set to star as Rick Dalton, Leonardo DiCaprio will star alongside Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a former Western TV star, while Brad Pitt plays his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth, according to Entertainment Weekly. Margot Robbie will star as the famous Sharon Tate (Charles Manson’s most well-known victim).

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Leonardo DiCaprio | Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Museum of Modern Art

Leonardo DiCaprio, excited to once again be behind a Tarantino production, stated that the film is “the most amazing screenplay he’s [Tarantino] ever written” before going on to explain a major aspect of the film’s appeal. DiCaprio promised that the film would “transport us into a different era,” according to USA Today.

Set in Los Angeles in 1969, the film overlaps with the Charles Manson family murders. While Damon Herriman will portray Manson, Tarantino, when discussing the film, confirmed that “It’s not Charles Manson. It’s 1969,” according to IndieWire. Thus, it seems that Charles Manson will bear influence on the story without turning the movie into a Helter Skelter reimagining. So, what exactly will the film reveal?

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ plot

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will function as a period piece and follow the relationship between two men – Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth – as they try to find their place in a Hollywood they no longer recognize.

Given that Tarantino is behind the production, audiences can assume that the movie will not simply analyze the shift in Hollywood between the ‘50s and ‘60s. The presentation will have to be “edgy” or unique. While the movie is bound to contemplate the change that did occur – one that took Hollywood “out of the studios” and “into the streets” – Tarantino always has a surprise up his sleeve.

Tarantino also harbors a fondness for combining humor and violence, so it would be out of character if he suddenly ceased that trend with his latest project.

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ full cast

While Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonard DiCaprio have enough star power to send this movie soaring in its first weekend, there are major names set to star in the Tarantino film.

According to IMDb, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will also feature Al Pacino, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Emile Hirsch, Michael Madsen, Lena Dunham, Kurt Russell, and the late Luke Perry.

With Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, and Dakota Fanning joining the party, this star-studded cast is bound to satisfy; however, if they all vie for center stage, the production may run into a few roadblocks.

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Will ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ be Tarantino’s final film?

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tarantino stated, “I only have two movies left” after he released The Hateful Eight. So, if the filmmaker keeps his promise, audiences should be in for one more Tarantino film after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Seeing Tarantino go would not be easy. While the director has been at the center of several controversies (he’s been called racist, an artist for art’s sake, etc.), one thing cannot be denied: whenever he makes a movie, it’s the talk of the town and the center of media attention.

With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood set to premiere July 26, 2019, all we can do now is wait…for the movie bound to take the summer by storm. Lookout Avengers: Endgame, Tarantino is back in town, and he’s got a cast to rival yours.