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Quentin Tarantino is one of those directors who frequently collaborates with the same actors film after film. Likewise, Leonardo DiCaprio has shown a penchant for teaming with every big name, auteurist director he can. As an example, he's worked with Martin Scorsese on five films. So after Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio finally teamed up for 2012's Django Unchained, it was likely only a matter of time before they found another project to work with each other on, and now it seems they have. While the deal is not yet final, Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming ninth film.
Quentin Tarantino's ninth film is under a heavy shroud of secrecy thus far, but we do know that it is set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, during the Manson Murders. According to Deadline, Leondardo DiCaprio will play an aging actor in what is being described as a Pulp Fiction-esque movie. Yes, please! Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise have also been circling the project, and Quentin Tarantino wants Margot Robbie for Sharon Tate. What was initially rumored to be a movie about Charles Manson and the Manson Family Murders, Quentin Tarantino has since corrected, stating that the film will be about 1969 as a whole. Of course, with the role of Sharon Tate, the Manson murders will likely play a major part.
The first collaboration between Quentin Tarantino and Leondardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained produced marvelous results. The actor, who usually plays somewhat stuffy parts, really let loose in Quentin Tarantino's world, reveling in the villainy of Calvin Candie. Hopefully he will get another chance here to do something truly different. The description of his character as an aging actor brings Sunset Boulevard to mind, with his character trying to capture fading glory and fighting and un-winnable battle against time. But with so few details about the plot of this film, it is impossible to know, and really, Quentin Tarantino's movies are such brilliant pastiches that we don't want too much information given away ahead of time.
Quentin Tarantino's last two films have been westerns, and he made a World War II film before those, so it will be nice to see him change it up and get back to something slightly more modern. His Los Angeles-set Pulp Fiction is an all-time classic and my favorite of his oeuvre. With this film being described as Pulp Fiction-esque, my hopes couldn't be higher for his return to the city of angels.
The one-of-a-kind director usually seems to take on one project at a time, but in a bit of news that shocked like pure adrenaline to the heart, it recently came out that the director has an idea for a Star Trek movie and it is now being actively developed. Should the director like the script, he may actually direct a science fiction franchise film. That's crazy stuff. Who knows, maybe Leonardo DiCaprio will team with him again on that, but I doubt it. Something tells me you'll never see Leo in Klingon makeup.
Quentin Tarantino's as-of-yet untitled ninth film is currently scheduled for an August 9, 2019 release date, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate's murder. For all of the movies coming out this year, check out our release guide.