Last week it was revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio was being brought on board for Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming movie set in the 60s during the infamous attacks of Charles Manson‘s cult of followers. Though DiCaprio’s role wasn’t specified at the time, other than being “an ageing actor”, we now have more details about the kind of character he’ll play in the film.
Deadline‘s Mike Fleming Jr. shared a few more details on casting DiCaprio for the project:
“What he plays, more specifically, is an actor who had his own Western show, Bounty Law, that ran on the air from 1958 to 1963. His attempt to transition to movies didn’t work out and in 1969 — the film is set at the height of hippy Hollywood movement – he’s guesting on other people’s shows while contemplating going to Italy which has become a hotbed for low-budget Westerns.”
He then goes on to discuss the potential casting of other actors:
“The movie … will now get busy with casting (Margot Robbie was asked to play Sharon Tate, as I’ve reported, but there isn’t a deal yet). I’d keep an eye on Tom Cruise, who might well surface as the other big male superstar in Tarantino’s film.”
As ever, Tarantino is keeping his cast list high profile, as well as bringing back old favourites he’s worked with in the past. We can see why he would want to work with DiCaprio again, thanks to his outstanding performance in Django Unchained. The slave owner “Monsieur” Calvin Candie was a role DiCaprio made his own, surprising many by playing against type and so effectively portraying such a heinously cruel character.
Produced by Tarantino, David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) and Shannon McIntosh (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), the film’s plot will be:
“Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.”
Although the cast is slowly filling up, the film still doesn’t have a name or an actor for the lead. Production begins this year though, so we can expect to hear much more over the coming months.