Everyone’s favorite six degrees of separation game (including a new iteration) just got a whole lot easier. At last, Quentin Tarantino and Al Pacino are teaming for the first time for the director’s upcoming 1969-set Los Angeles-based movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. With the film kicking off production this month ahead of a release in August 2019, it also means a whole lot more actors have come aboard.
As a refresher, Tarantino’s new feature will follow a former western TV series start Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they struggle to make it into big-time Hollywood, all while Manson and his followers are staking out their sinister plans. Already among the cast is Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Zoë Bell.
Now, alongside Pacino joining as Marvin Shwarz, agent to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, the ensemble has greatly expanded. Damian Lewis will play the iconic actor Steve McQueen, Dakota Fanning is Manson family member Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Clifton Collins will play Ernesto the Mexican Vaquero, Luke Perry plays Scotty Lancer, Emile Hirsch is hairstylist Jay Sebring, Nicholas Hammond is director Sam Wanamaker, Keith Jefferson takes the role of Land Pirate Keith, and James Marsden and Julia Butters have also joined in unknown roles.
We can’t imagine the ensemble will get much bigger than this, but check back for more updates as production kicks off. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens on August 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders. [Deadline/Variety]