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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Deadline is reporting that, in the midst of the intense bidding war going on between studios, Quentin Tarantino is eyeing an unexpected talent for one of the roles.

The man in question is none other than Tom Cruise. According the outlet, Tarantino has had conversations with Cruise, and that the Hollywood star has been added to the list of candidates to play one of two lead roles of the film. Also joining him on that list are Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, who we reported on previously.

Also joining Tarantino in the role of producer in Harry Potter producer David Heyman.

Tarantino’s ninth film is set to take place in 1969 against the backdrop of the Manson Murders. While previous reports had indicated that these murders would service as the overall premise of the film, Tarantino has since cleared the air, saying that the year of 1969 is what the film is really about, not the Manson family.

All the same, Margot Robbie is still being touted as the top contender to play the role of Sharon Tate.

An interesting conflicting report here are the studios still competing for the film. According to our report earlier, only three were left, but Deadline is stating that all major contenders are still on the table. We’ll see which studio ends up on top.

Cruise is certainly an interesting choice for this movie. While definitely a big name in Hollywood, hearing Tarantino’s dialogue come from Cruise would be a bit of an adjustment. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of role Tarantino has in mind for the actor.

Do you think Tom Cruise would be a good fit for a Quentin Tarantino film? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

  • Jm5150

    Scientology

    • TheOct8pus

      Is Q a Scientologist?

  • randomironicname

    Please no! Not a Xenu fan and really don’t like his overacting. I think it would be unbearably brutal to have to sit through a really long intense monologue.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Cruise is actually a really good actor if you look at half of his work. When he’s not worried about box office he can give you a great performance. I think Quentin is just the man to do it.

      • randomironicname

        I think he definitely has talent but I’m saying that Tarantino’s heavy monologues would amplify everything that I don’t like about him. I think this is a pairing that will either be loved or hated (and not much between). I definitely fall into the latter.

  • Rez

    Noooo….not lil tommy! I think tarantino is freakin losing it!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Go see Magnolia then come back with an adult response.

      • TheOct8pus

        I was gonna say something along those lines. What a great movie…

      • Rez

        Thats when he did good movies…now he does shit. Actually Tarantino does make actors who were relevant at some point watchable again. I still say nooooo

  • Duck O’Death

    Cruise would be outstanding if we’re trusting Tarantino’s instincts. Think Quentin sees the potential for quirky performances in certain stars that are nornally cast in heroic roles. Like he’ll spot a subtle mannerism in an actor’s performance in other films… and he’ll draw that out to be displayed more front and center. Brad Pitt is a good example of this in Inglorious Bastards.

    • TheOct8pus

      Exacto. You can probably find someone in every Tarantino movie who is a pleasant surprise – Travolta in Pulp Fiction, DeNiro in Jackie Brown, Kurt Russell in Hateful 8 etc etc…. the guy is a great casting director too

  • Lenin1959

    Tom Cruise as Manson? I am all for it. He can do the mad staring just like Manson. Good casting!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Is Tarantino going to fill this movie with the biggest movie stars currently out there?

  • TheOct8pus

    Don’t underestimate Cruise….sure he’s in a lot of generic action movies where he runs a lot, but check out his performance in Magnolia, Born on the 4th of July or even Jerry Maguire. With the right script, he’s a good actor.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.