The first details of what may be Quentin Tarantino's next movie have begun to leak, and with them comes news of which actors the writer/director may be eying for key roles. Yesterday, details broke that Tarantino's next project appears to be a film that follows the famous Manson Family murders. Exactly who the movie will focus on isn't entirely clear at this point, but a couple of names have surfaced has being looked at for major roles in the film. Unsurprisingly, Tarantino appears to be looking toward one of his frequent collaborators, Samuel L. Jackson, for one role, and another may go to Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie.
Exactly what role Samuel L. Jackson would play in the new film is not clear. Deadline simply refers to the part as "a lead." Seeing Jackson in a major role in a Quentin Tarantino movie is far from an unusual situation. Tarantino likes to use a lot of the same actors in his films and Jackson has been the director's most frequent collaborator.
Margot Robbie, on the other hand, would be a new edition to the Quentin Tarantino rogues gallery, as she has never worked with the director before. The rumor is that Robbie has been approached to play the role of Sharon Tate, the wife of movie director Roman Polansky who was Manson's highest profile victim. This information would seem to match with the initial story about the project which said that at least part of the new film would focus on Tate as a character.
This news comes on the heels of two other major actors who have been rumored for parts in the new film. Brad Pitt was the first big name attached to the film. While there was no initial idea as to who Pitt would play, it now sounds like he's being looked at for the role of the detective who investigates the murders. Jennifer Lawrence has also reportedly met with Quentin Tarantino. The only thing we know about her participation in the movie is that she's not looking at playing the Sharon Tate role. Lawrence previously met with Tarantino about the female lead role in The Hateful Eight but they were not able to make it work. It seems clear that Tarantino and Lawrence are interested in working together, they're just looking for the right opportunity.
It certainly sounds like Quentin Tarantino's idea, if all this comes to pass, has the potential to put together a very impressive cast. It's obviously early so a lot of this could change, but as more details emerge CInemaBlend will have the news as it breaks.