Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Manson movie will be called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Margot Robbie joins Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

News Tony Sokol

Mar 13, 2018

Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Charles Manson movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it becoming an A-list ensemble piece. The Reservoir Dog and Pulp Fiction director cast Margot Robbie as sixties icon Sharon Tate, according to Deadline. Robbie joins Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in the film. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be produced by Sony.

Valley of the Dolls star Tate, wife of Rosemary’s Baby director Roman Polanski, was an icon of the sixties. She made the perennial penal system poster boy Manson famous. Tate was pregnant when she was killed at her L.A. home at 10050 Cielo Drive in 1969.

Tarantino, who also wrote the screenplay, describes Once Upon a time in Hollywood  as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

“I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old,” Tarantino said in a statement (via THR). “I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A., and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”

The director of Inglourious BasterdsThe Hateful Eight and the Kill Bill movies hinted his upcoming ninth film will be his second to last movie.

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Manson was the leader, and proposed lead singer, of the Manson Family, a fringe group of outsiders who became the most famous mass murderers in America. In 1969 they committed a string of murders in the Los Angeles area that included director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. The murders were brutal. Tate was stabbed 16 times. Manson was trying to instigate a race war where he would be put in charge of the survivors after the fallout. The crime shocked America and brought an abrupt end to the revolutionary decade. Manson died in a Bakersfield hospital at the age of 83 on Nov. 19, 2017.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio will star, but not as Manson, he will play former western TV star Rick Dalton. Pitt will play Cliff Booth, Dalton’s longtime stunt double.

“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,” Tarantino, who wrote and will direct the film, said in a statement.

Margot Robbie will play Sharon Tate. 

Tarantino also reportedly met with Samuel L Jackson. But Jackson won’t be singing “Revolution 9,” I mean reciting “Revelations,” in the upcoming movie. The film is set in Los Angeles during the Tate-LaBianca murders, but there is no word yet on whether the film will recreate the historic events or use them as the backdrop to another story.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Release Date

Pre-production has begun and the film is set the begin shooting in the middle of 2018. Tarantino plans for a 2019 theatrical release date.