Great, meets great.
Variety is reporting that Quentin Tarantino’s ode to 1960s cinema, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has just locked down another amazing talent. Living legend Al Pacino has just signed on to the auteur’s latest celluloid story, which already sports one hell of a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dakota Fanning, and Emile Hirsch. This will mark Pacino’s first collaboration with Tarantino.
Pacino will be playing the character of Marvin Shwarz, the agent of DiCaprio’s character, who is a washed-up actor from an era in Hollywood that is quickly fading in the business’ rear view mirror. Given Tarantino’s tendency to hire actors he grew up watching — including those who were often ignored by the industry. Obviously, Pacino is still very much acting these days, but he did rise up in the ’70s, which was the era Tarantino grew up in.
Damian Lewis is set to play Steve McQueen, Luke Perry plays Scotty Lancer, Emile Hirsch a hair stylist named Jay Sebring, Dakota Fanning is the Manson family member Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, among many others. The film takes place in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, and is being pitched as a film similar to Pulp Fiction, one of Tarantino’s most influential films.
Sony won the rights to distribute the film worldwide after Tarantino left his longtime partners at The Weinstein Company following the sex scandal. The film is currently slated to hit theaters on August 9, 2019.
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