Margot Robbie is confirmed, while Burt Reynolds, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen are in talks to join Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.
Per Deadline, Robbie has committed to the role of Sharon Tate, a part she’s been circling for a while, while Reynolds – fresh off Adam Rifkin’s “The Last Movie Star” – will play Spahn.
Spahn was an 80-year-old near-blind man who rented his L.A. ranch out to be used as the location for Westerns. Charlie Manson convinced Spahn to allow him and his followers to live on the ranch, in the months before they murdered 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, per reports.
It’s unknown who Roth, Russell and Madsen- all three cast members in Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” – will play. The quartet join Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, who are already set.
The film, set in the summer of 1969 before the Manson murders were committed, will be released August 9, 2019.
Tarantino’s film has been referred to as a Pulp Fiction-like tapestry of stories with characters around L.A. that summer. Sony described the film as a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate.”