If you’ve been wondering what that Quentin Tarantino movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and a bunch more of your faves is about, you’re in the right spot. Is it a buddy comedy about an actor and his stunt double (our boys Leo and Brad) at the height of Hollywood’s golden age mixed with the hippie culture of L.A. in 1969? Sure! But it’s also much, much darker than that.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the actress wife of famed filmmaker Roman Polanski (who plead guilty to statutory rape of a 13-year-old, btw). In ’69, Tate was murdered by followers of Charles Manson in her own home, shaking Hollywood to the core. And yes, Manson and his whole family are in this movie too.
Here’s everything you need to know about the true Hollywood crime story of your dreams (or nightmares).
Is there a trailer?
Leo dropped the first (suspiciously lighthearted) look at OUATIH on Twitter on March 20:
The whole thing is a big ’60s mood with a mix of old Western movie sets and Margot going full mod girl. The vibe is cheeky with a bit of creep-factor seeping into its edges. Did you catch that smiley shot of Manson (Damon Herriman)?
Oh, and yes...there’s now a trailer too! I have never experienced a more fulfilling 2 minutes and 34 seconds of life, TBH. This thing is amazing.
So what’s it about, really?
The plot description is pretty light:
“‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple story lines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.”
At least one of those story lines will center around Manson’s cult, who ordered the murder of Sharon Tate and her friends, culminating in the deaths of five other people over the course of two days. Rick and Cliff, who are fictional characters, just happen to be Sharon’s next-door neighbors.
Who else is in the cast, and who are they playing?
Okay, this is a big one, so let’s go through it one by one.
- Dakota Fanning plays Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. Lynette was a member of the infamous Manson Family. She got her nickname while living on George Spahn’s ranch.
- Damian Lewis (Billions) as Steve McQueen. The iconic actor was invited to Sharon Tate’s home for a dinner party the night of the Tate murders.
- Bruce Dern plays George Spahn, an 80-year-old nearly blind man who Manson convinced to allow him and his followers to live on Spahn’s ranch. In exchange for rent, Manson convinced his female followers to have sex with Spahn and act as his “seeing-eye guides.”
- Emile Hirsch as Jay Sebring, a hairstylist friend of Sharon Tate who was also murdered in her home.
- Luke Perry (RIP) will be seen as Wayne Maunder. The late Riverdale star plays an actor from the Western series Lancer.
- Austin Butler plays Charles “Tex” Watson, a member of the Manson Family involved in the Tate murders.
- Lena Dunham plays Catherine Share, a member of the Manson Family.
- Maya Hawke (Stranger Things) plays Flower Child. No word on what that means quite yet.
- Mike Moh plays Bruce Lee, the actor and stuntman featured in the teaser trailer talking about manslaughter. Lee choreographed fight scenes for The Wrecking Crew, which starred Sharon Tate. Lee was at one point investigated by Polanski for the murder.
- Samantha Robinson as Abigail Folger, heiress to the Folger coffee fortune who was also murdered in Tate’s home.
- Costa Ronin plays Wojciech Frykowski, a screenwriter and Abigail Folger’s lover who was also murdered.
- Rumer Willis plays Joanna Pettet, an actress and friend of Sharon Tate, who had lunch at Tate’s home mere hours before the murders took place.
Can you believe that’s not everyone? This list is wildly long but still doesn’t even include Al Pacino (who plays Rick’s manager), James Marsden (whose role is unknown), and more.
When does it come out?
Although OUATIH may end up premiering at Cannes Film Festival before then, it is set to hit theaters July 26.
We’ll be updating you as more news comes out. For now, enjoy this meme:
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