We've been hearing stories swirl around regarding Quentin Tarantino's next film for a while now, but after many months of development we're finally hearing some official news. Sony Pictures is confirming that the 1969-set film will be called Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to reunite with the writer/director for the project.
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on the details, including not only the title and casting, but also the story that will be playing out. Per a description straight from Quentin Tarantino, the two protagonists in the story will be Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) - a washed-up TV actor and his longtime stunt double. Their careers are struggling in "a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore," but it just so happens that they have a connection to the world of the rich and famous. As it happens, Rick's next-door neighbor is actress Sharon Tate. Both DiCaprio and Pitt have been rumored for the project for weeks - and apparently negotiations were a bit hectic - but now they are both locked in.
Quentin Tarantino makes a regular habit of reuniting with actors with whom he's worked on past projects, and while Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt have each only worked with him one time before as a director, that just makes this second adventure that much more special. DiCaprio worked with Tarantino more recently, playing horrific antagonist Calvin Candie in 2012's Django Unchained, but fans will note that Pitt has technically had more experience performing Tarantino's work. He was not only the lead in the director's phenomenal 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, but he also played the couch-dwelling stoner Floyd in True Romance (a film that Tarantino wrote, but Tony Scott directed). It should go without saying that we're excited to see the three men working together.
It's also worth noting that while Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt have both been around Hollywood for the same amount of time, this will be their first time starring in a movie together. Weirdly enough, back in 2015 they both appeared in a Martin Scorsese-directed short film titled The Audition, though they don't actually share any screentime. Given the fact that they are two of the best leading actors currently working in the industry, it should be fascinating to see how they play off each other.
The trade report doesn't mention exactly when Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is going to go into production, but the expectation is that it will go down in the next few months. This is because Sony Pictures has revealed that the movie will be hitting theaters domestically next summer, on August 9, 2019. Because this is a Quentin Tarantino movie, we expect many more awesome casting announcements to come in the near future, so stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for all of the latest updates.