– by David Kozlowski

You knew it was coming, but allow me to confirm it for everyone: Leonardo DiCaprio will be starring in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Charles Manson-themed film, alongside Margot Robbie (maybe). This is DiCaprio and Tarantino’s first collaboration since Django Unchained way back in 2012 — has it been that long?

The Manson film (it’s working title is: 1969) has been a hot, hot property ever since Tarantino bolted from the Weinstein Company last year. Sony won the bidding sweepstakes and appears to be throwing all of its considerable weight behind the project, as evidenced by its casting rumors. Robbie is slated to play actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered in Manson’s Helter Skelter murder spree in the summer of ’69, according to Deadline. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are supposedly circling, too.

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Tarantino will allegedly use both San Francisco’s Summer of Love and L.A.’s Manson crimes as backdrops for a gritty, movie-industry storyline about struggling actors in Hollywood. DiCaprio will be playing an aging actor, in what Deadline describes as a “Pulp Fiction-esque” homage. This will be DiCaprio’s first screen work since he won an Academy Award for The Revenant.

Interestingly, the film’s release date parallels the 50th anniversary of Tate’s murder by the Manson family. Is it weird that a skeevy capital crime is fodder for a glitzy movie debut? I guess it’s just me. Hollywood!

How do you feel about DiCaprio reuniting with Tarantino? Let us know in the comments down below!

1969 hits theaters on August 9, 2019.

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SOURCE: Deadline

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I can’t for this. I hope Cruise and Pitt sign on for the trifecta.

    • Tarantino wants to go out large, so a Manson project w/ DiCaprio, Pitt, Cruise, Robbie. Wow, that would be an epic way to close out his career.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        I think he still has one more after this.
        Imagine him closing out with a final Pulp Fiction style caper.
        Starring Denzel Washington as a pimp
        Meryl Streep as a hooker
        Daniel Day Lewis as a racist police chief
        Sam L. as a preacher with a dirty mouth and heart of gold
        Al Pacino as a Latino junky
        Taraji P Henson as the Mayor
        Harvey Keitel as an aging hitman doing one last hit
        It will also feature cameos from various actors throughout his filmography.

  • Moby85

    There is no actor I misjudged more than Leo DiCaprio. I was of the age where I saw him first in “Titanic” then in “The Beach”…Yeah. I told my friends I hated him, wished he never was in films again…Then I saw the Aviator…And The Departed…And on and on. Now he’s one of my 10 favorite actors working today. He was great in his role in Django, he is an ideal Tarantino acolyte, and I expect not to see him just in this film but likely in Tarantino’s Star Trek if not Tarantino’s 10th and final film (if Tarantino makes some excuse in how Star Trek doesn’t count to his filmography).

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.