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Burt Reynolds may join Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen in Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

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Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

It seems that the cast is expanding as Deadline has the news that Tarantino is in talks with Burt Reynold to play George Spahn, and also in early discussions with Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen to play smaller roles in the film.

Spahn was an 80-year old near blind man who rented his LA ranch out to be used as the location for Westerns. Charlie Manson convinced Spahn to allow him and his followers to live on the ranch, in the months before they murdered Sharon Tate and six others. In exchange for rent, Manson coerced his female followers into hopping into bed with the ranch owner, and serving as his seeing eye guides.

Tarantino has said that the film “takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour… Sharon Tate.”

“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 seven years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff.”

Margot Robbie has also been attached to the film for a while and it is thought she will be playing Sharon Tate. DiCaprio and Robbie worked together in The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio previously starred in Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Sony is handling distribution and the film is due out on 9th August 2019.

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