Tarantino’s highly buzzed-about ninth film, which still doesn’t have an official title, will be set in ’69 L.A. during the summer of the infamous Manson murders. Margot Robbie has been asked by Tarantino to play murder victim Sharon Tate, while Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are reportedly circling the other of the film’s two lead male roles. Stay tuned for who is cast for that one.
According to Deadline, the outlet that broke the news of DiCaprio’s casting, the actor will be playing an ageing actor in the film, although plot details have yet to be confirmed. One of Variety‘s sources in November claimed that the film…
“… focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.”
The Sony Pictures film will begin production later this year and has been scheduled for U.S. release on August 9, 2019.
DiCaprio took a break following his highly physical Oscar-winning performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s 2015 picture The Revenant. This will mark the actor’s second film with Tarantino; he played a villain, racist plantation owner Calvin Candie, in Django Unchained.