It’s not been long since Quentin Tarantino revealed he would be working on his ninth movie about cult leader Charles Manson. Casting has already begun, with high-profile actors being added to the roster, and Tarantino has told Variety that he has set his hopes on having Al Pacino join the project.
Tarantino has apparently written a role just for Pacino in an effort to woo him, but we don’t yet know if Pacino has accepted the offer.
Leonardo DiCaprio is on board as of a few days ago and will be playing an ageing Hollywood actor. This is great news for those who enjoyed him the last time he teamed up with Tarantino in Django Unchained. Other actors rumoured to join include Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, with Margot Robbie rumoured to play actress Sharon Tate.
As with many of his films, it seems Tarantino is looking to add big stars to what appears to be a large ensemble cast. While the quality of Pacino’s recent roles may be flagging lately, there’s no denying his acting credentials. Tarantino’s films do have a habit of reinvigorating careers, so this could be the perfect opportunity for him to stretch his acting legs.
The film will not necessarily be about Manson himself, but he and his murderous cult of followers will serve as the backdrop to the main plot. Set in the summer of 1969 in LA, the film will centre on a television actor with only one hit series under his belt trying to get into the film industry. His sidekick and stunt double is also after the same thing. We know that the murder of Tate and four of her friends in her own home will feature somewhat in the story.
The film is set to come to theatres August 9th 2019.