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First Look at Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a faded TV Western star and Pitt as his stunt double, is, as its sand-battered title suggests, a throwback. For Los Angeles, sure, but also for Tarantino, who, after traveling as far and wide as the Third Reich and the Shaolin Temple, is bringing it home.

Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood will be released July 26.

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Exclusive: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Is “Spooky” and “Playful”, Says DP Robert Richardson

Even for a Quentin Tarantino movie, there is a considerable amount of interest surrounding Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Perhaps it’s because the film teams up two of the world’s biggest movie stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, in the starring roles. Or because it features Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate and chronicles the Manson Murders. Or maybe because it gives Tarantino the opportunity to dig deep into the Hollywood of 1969, complete with a fake Western TV show.

For all these reasons and more, folks are really eager to see this new Tarantino movie, but so far information on the film has been kept under lock and key. What we know for sure is that DiCaprio plays an actor famous for his role on a popular Western TV series and Pitt plays his longtime stunt double, and both face a changing world as the landscape of cinema (and the nation in general) is at a turning point.

This Hollywood-set period piece, complete with a stacked ensemble cast, is ripe with opportunity for a filmmaker like Tarantino, so when I recently got the chance to speak with cinematographer Robert Richardson about his work on the powerful upcoming true-story drama A Private War, I had to ask about what people can expect from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. While I’ll have that full, in-depth conversation up soon, I wanted to share what Richardson had to say about the new Tarantino film first.

Richardson has been working with Tarantino since the Kill Bill movies and the DP “no jinx” believes Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is shaping up to be a “fantastic” film. It’s a long shoot—they were on Day 89 when I spoke with Richardson last weekend—but Richardson couldn’t contain his excitement about framing up two of the world’s biggest movie stars in the same shot:

“It’s beautiful. To work with Leo together with Brad… It’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, sort of the contemporary versions. These are two massive stars, and they’re so talented. Margot [Robbie] is also phenomenal and wonderful to be around. There are a number of people that you will see within the film that haven’t had as much exposure that are remarkable. We’ve got Dakota Fanning in the movie and she—phew, is she a powerhouse. It’s a great cast.”

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Leo and Brad on Set of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

He was joined on set by Leonardo DiCaprio, for the Tarantino directed movie, due for release on July 26 2019. The hunky star is also seen getting behind the wheel of a classic Cadillac.

In the scene, Brad picked up Leo from an office at Paramount studios. Leonardo had a tan leather jacket over his mustard and brown ensemble. You can view photos here as well.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Sneak Peek

LEONARDO DiCaprio has given fans a sneak peek at his new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, sharing a photo of himself and fellow cast member Brad Pitt on social media

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The film is set in 1969 Los Angeles “at the height of hippy Hollywood”, according to director/writer Quentin Tarantino.

The story is centred around the infamous Manson Family murders and that of former TV Western star Rick Dalton (played by DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) as they struggle to make the transition into the film industry.

Dalton was a neighbour of Sharon Tate, an actress who was murdered by Charles Manson’s followers. The movie is scheduled for release on August 9, 2019 — the 50th anniversary of Tate’s murder.

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Margot Robbie Is Officially Joining Leo and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Margot Robbie has officially joined the cast of Hollywood’s buzziest movie. After rumors swirled that she would be playing Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski’s late wife who was murdered while pregnant by Charles Manson’s disciples, it has been confirmed, as Deadline reports.

The Oscar-nominated actress will be in good company for the Quentin Tarantino-helmed film, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, which debuts August 9, 2019. She’ll be working alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays former Western TV show actor Rick Dalton that lives next to Tate, and his character’s stunt double Cliff Booth played by Brad Pitt. She also may be co-starring with Boogie Nights’ Burt Reynolds.

Reynolds is apparently the first choice to play George Spahn, according to Deadline, who was a real-life character that loaned his L.A. ranch to Manson to use as headquarters. The 80-year-old man was coaxed by Manson along with his female followers who the cult leader forced into exchanging sex with Spahn for rent, as Deadline notes. Outside of Reynolds, Tarantino is reportedly eyeing he Hateful Eight’s Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen for other roles.

In other Robbie news, the actress opened up about the decision to hire Cathy Yan as director of Robbie’s upcoming Harley Quinn spinoff film — a historical move that makes Yan the first Asian woman to direct a DC Comics movie. “Well, it’s a female girl gang film,” Robbie told IndieWire. “Historically, female filmmakers aren’t given the same opportunities, and we all need to be making conscious efforts to even out those statistics. But beyond that, there was going to be so many integral female characters in this story, in the Harley Quinn one, the girl gang film, that I wanted a truly female point of view and perspective on telling that story.”

Another reason Robbie tapped Yan to direct is that she had the best grasp of the material. “It’s just fun to work on anything for that long and then hear someone understand what you’ve been looking at on the page for three years, and have them come in and speak about it,” the actress said. “It’s exciting.” No doubt.