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Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Quentin Tarantino's Charles Manson movie

Leonardo Dicaprio who will reunite with his Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino for his next movie.
Leonardo Dicaprio who will reunite with his Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino for his next movie. Photograph: Andrew Toth/WireImage

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, set around the time of the Charles Manson murders.

According to Variety, the Oscar winner will play an aging actor in 1969 Los Angeles and his life will intersect with the murders. Reports have suggested that the structure will resemble a Pulp Fiction-esque ensemble piece. Vanity Fair claims the script follows a TV actor who wants to make it in the film business after one hit series alongside his sidekick, who also acts as his stunt double.

The film marks the second collaboration for the pair after 2012’s Django Unchained. Tarantino is reportedly keen to secure Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate while Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are said to be circling two major roles. A role has also been written for Al Pacino, who is yet to sign on.

The as-yet-untitled drama will see Tarantino breaking away from his longstanding relationship with Harvey Weinstein. Sony has picked up the project after a heated bidding war.

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” Tarantino said on Weinstein. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

The release date has been set for 9 August 2019 – the 50th anniversary of Tate’s death at the hands of members of the Manson family.

Last month also saw Tarantino attached to the next Star Trek installment after he pitched an R-rated idea to JJ Abrams, who is now setting up the project at Paramount. His last film The Hateful Eight delivered underwhelming box office, making just $54m in the US from a $44m budget.

DiCaprio’s last film The Revenant saw him win the best actor Oscar. He’s since been attached to a number of projects, including a Theodore Roosevelt biopic from Martin Scorsese and an adaptation of true crime novel The Black Hand.

This article titled "Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Quentin Tarantino's Charles Manson movie" was written by Guardian staff, for theguardian.com on Friday 12 January 2018 09.12pm

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