Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Produced by
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • July 26, 2019 (2019-07-26)
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $100 million[1]

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is an upcoming mystery crime film centered around the Manson Family murders, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It features an ensemble cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, among others. The film will be released by Sony Pictures on July 26, 2019.


A TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Charles Manson murders in 1969 Los Angeles.[2]


  • Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton:
    An actor who starred in the Western television series Bounty Law from 1958 to 1963. His attempt to transition to movies did not work out and in 1969, he is struggling, guesting on other people's shows while contemplating going to Italy – which has become a hotbed for low-budget Westerns, he is neighbors with Sharon Tate.
  • Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth:
    Rick's longtime stunt double and close friend.
  • Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate:
    A pregnant actress married to Roman Polanski, who was murdered in her home by followers of Charles Manson.
  • Michael Vincent McHugh as Alex Mendes: The young 18 Year old Innocent, two-faced, high school student who is brainwashed by Charles Manson.
  • Burt Reynolds as George Spahn:
    An 80-year old near blind man who rented his LA ranch out to be used as the location for Westerns. Manson convinced Spahn to allow him and his followers to live on the ranch, in the months before they murdered Sharon Tate and six others; in exchange for rent, Manson coerced his female followers into hopping into bed with the ranch owner, and serving as his seeing eye guides.
  • Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen:
    An actor and friend of Jay Sebring, who was invited by him to the home of Sharon Tate for a dinner party, but he was unable to show up.
  • Luke Perry as Wayne Maunder:
    An actor who co-starred on the western television series Lancer.
  • Emile Hirsch as Jay Sebring:
    A Hollywood hairstylist and friend of Sharon Tate who was murdered in the home of Tate by followers of Charles Manson.
  • Dakota Fanning as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme:
    A member of the infamous "Manson family" who obtained her nickname whilst living on George Spahn's ranch.
  • Clifton Collins Jr. as Ernesto "The Mexican" Vaquero
  • Nicholas Hammond as Sam Wanamaker:
    An actor-director who, in 1969, began a campaign to rebuild the Shakespeare's Globe in London.
  • Al Pacino as Marvin Shwarz:
    Rick Dalton's agent.
  • Scoot McNairy as Business Bob Gilbert:
    A fictional cowboy character on Bounty Law.
  • Spencer Garrett as Allen Kincade:
    The television personality and interviewer to Hollywood’s elite.
  • Mike Moh as Bruce Lee:
    The international actor-stuntman who choreographed fight scenes for The Wrecking Crew, which starred Sharon Tate. Following her murder, he attended her funeral and was also privately investigated.
  • Keith Jefferson as Land Pirate Keith
  • Eddie Perez as Land Pirate Eddie
  • Maurice Compte as Land Pirate Mao
  • Lew Temple as Land Pirate Lew

Additionally, Zoë Bell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, James Marsden, Julia Butters, James Remar, Martin Kove, Brenda Vaccaro, Nichole Galicia, Craig Stark, Marco Rodríguez, Ramón Franco and Raul Cardona have been cast in undisclosed roles.


On July 11, 2017, it was announced that Quentin Tarantino had written a screenplay for a film about the Manson Family murders, which he would direct as his next project. Harvey and Bob Weinstein would be involved but it was not known whether their studio, The Weinstein Company, would distribute the film as Tarantino sought to cast the film before sending out a package to studios. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence were revealed to be two names Tarantino had approached to star in the film.[3] On the same day, it was separately reported that Margot Robbie was in talks to potentially portray actress Sharon Tate, Samuel L. Jackson was also in talks to portray a major role, and that Pitt was in talks to portray the detective investigating the murders.[4]

In wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations, Tarantino severed ties with The Weinstein Company, and sought a new distributor, after working with Weinstein for his entire career. At this point Leonardo DiCaprio was revealed to be among the actors Tarantino was considering for the film.[5] A short time later, there were reports that the studios were still bidding for the film set in Los Angeles in the late 1960s and early 1970s, that Tom Cruise was also in talks for one of two lead male roles, and David Heyman had joined the film as a producer, who would produce along with Tarantino and Shannon McIntosh.[6] On November 11, 2017, Sony Pictures announcer they would be distributing the film, having beaten Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Annapurna Pictures and Lionsgate for the rights.[7] In order to secure the rights to distribute the film, Sony Pictures had to agree to Tarantino's demands, which included "a $95 million production budget, final cut and "extraordinary creative controls," plus 25% of first-dollar gross[clarification needed]. Another demand was that the rights to the movie revert to him after 10 to 20 years."[8] During a publicity interview by The Hollywood Reporter, Margot Robbie, when inquired about her potential involvement in the Tarantino-helmed film, noted that "Nothing's official … but I would kill to work with him."[9]

In January 2018, DiCaprio signed to star in the film, taking a pay cut in order to collaborate with Tarantino again.[10][11] Also revealed was that Pitt and Cruise had been up for the same role, that of a "prosecutor", but Pitt had to pass due to scheduling conflicts, so the role was Cruise's if he wanted it. Additionally, made known was that Tarantino had written a role in the screenplay specifically for Al Pacino to potentially play,[12] on February 28, 2018, the film was officially titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with Pitt cast in a different role.[13] In March 2018, Robbie signed to co-star in the film as Sharon Tate, while Zoë Bell confirmed that she would also appear in the film.[14][15][16] In May 2018, Burt Reynolds, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, and Michael Madsen joined the cast with the latter three in small roles.[17] Timothy Olyphant was also cast.[18] In June 2018, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Michael Vincent McHugh, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins Jr., Keith Jefferson, Nicholas Hammond, Al Pacino, James Marsden, Julia Butters and Scoot McNairy joined the cast.[19][20][21] Additional casting which included the additions of Spencer Garrett, James Remar, Brenda Vaccaro and Mike Moh was announced in July.[22]


Principal production began on June 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, California and will wrap in November 2018.[23]

Casting controversy[edit]

On June 8, 2018, actress Jameela Jamil used Twitter to condemn the casting of Emile Hirsch, who had been cast as Jay Sebring two days prior, as he had assaulted her friend, studio executive Daniele Bernfeld during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Hirsch had been convicted and sentenced to 15 days in prison. Jamil asserted the casting as being a case of "rich white male privelege" [sic].[24][25] Yahoo! reported that the casting choices were criticized by "some movie fans" for their lack of diversity.[26][27]


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is scheduled to be released July 26, 2019 by Sony Pictures.[28] The film was originally scheduled for released on August 9 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Tate–LaBianca murders.[29]


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