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Deadline Hollywood reported Friday that DiCaprio, who hasn’t made a movie since winning his first Oscar last year, will play an “aging actor” in the film. No other actors have officially committed to the project, but Variety reported that Tarantino’s planning an ensemble lineup and looking to include Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), plus Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Al Pacino in major roles.
Not much is known about the plot of the upcoming film, although it will reportedly take place in Los Angeles in 1969. It was the summer of that year that Manson arranged the murder of Tate and six other people; the massacre and its aftermath shook the country. But Tarantino has reportedly said the movie won’t be a straightforward biopic on Manson, who died in November.
“It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969,” Tarantino said about the movie.
There are plenty other events from that year the film could cover, from Richard Nixon’s presidency to the slew of murders by the Zodiac killer.
The movie will likely still incorporate the Manson saga in some way. It’s is set to premiere Aug. 9, 2019—50 years to the day of the LaBianca murders.
Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.