Tom Cruise Might Join Quentin Tarantino's New Movie

Tom Cruise in American Made

A Quentin Tarantino movie is always an event for die-hard movie buffs, and his next outing sounds like it could be one of his most adventurous projects to date. The Pulp Fiction director will soon set his sights on the 1960s, including the Tate murders, and he has started to look at a seriously all-star cast to fill out its ranks. In fact, on the heels of recent reports that Tarantino has looked at Margot Robbie for Sharon Tate, it seems like he is also looking at Tom Cruise for an unspecified lead role in the film, as well.

Pretty much every report related to the casting of Quentin Tarantino's Sharon Tate film has suggested a massive, A-list ensemble, and a new report from Deadline claims that we may now be able add another heavy-hitter to the list. Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise has reportedly met with Tarantino to take on a role in the director's ninth project, with the possibility that Cruise would portray one of the two lead characters in the story. Cruise joins Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio on the list of potential frontrunners -- though it remains unclear whether or not all of them could end up in the film, or just some of them. Tarantino films are typically star-studded affairs, but much of the final cast list will boil down to a combination of scheduling and budget.

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained

For Tom Cruise, doing a Quentin Tarantino movie would be a far cry from his recent, action-oriented roles like Edge of Tomorrow or The Mummy. Though he has certainly delved into bizarre and adventurous territory before with films like Collateral or Magnolia, the Tarantino style has the potential to allow him to cut loose in a way we've never seen before. It doesn't sound like he's in the running to portray Charles Manson himself (Tarantino has clarified that the new film will not be a Manson movie), so we will just have to wait and see how the role develops.

The business side of Quentin Tarantino's ninth movie has also turned into a fascinating story recently. The Inglourious Basterds director was a longtime partner of Harvey Weinstein throughout the run of his career, but he opted to part ways with The Weinstein Company in the wake of the fallout of the Weinstein sexual assault and misconduct allegations. As a result, many major studios in Hollywood (Disney being one notable exclusion, likely for obvious reasons) have become embroiled in a bidding war for the project. This shouldn't be too surprising, given Quentin Tarantino's resume. He has a strong track record of producing critical darlings, and Tarantino movies tend to get noticed when awards season rolls around.

Quentin Tarantino's next film is currently scheduled to begin production sometime in 2018, and debut in theaters in 2019. Until we learn more about the still-untitled flick, make sure to take a look at our 2018 movie premiere guide for a better look at what the next year has in store.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.