Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in an upcoming Tarantino film about crazed serial killer Charles Manson.
According to Variety, Quentin Tarantino has landed DiCaprio to play an “aging, out-of-work actor” after being courted by the famous director for months. No other info on the role was given, but it certainly doesn’t sound like DiCaprio will be playing the role of Manson with that job description.
Tarantino is looking to bag some big names for his Manson project, with Margot Robbie being eyed to play the role of Sharon Tate. Tom Cruise is another name being whispered in Tarantino’s circles, along with Al-Pacino. It seems doubtful either would play Manson, but maybe the movie will only be tangentially related to Manson and be more about the 1969 murders? We know so little about the project it’s all wild speculation still.
This will be DiCaprio’s first project since his Oscar Award-winning performance in 2016’s The Revenant. He last worked with Tarantino on the set of Django Unchained where he played the role of Calvin J. Candie, a cruel plantation owner.
Tarantino is set to both write and direct, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, Harvey and Bob Weinstein are reported to be involved in the production - at least, before the whole Weinstein scandal broke. Now it’s unknown exactly what role the Weinstein brothers play in the film. Tarantino cut tied with The Weinstein Company following the allegations against Harvey.
Tarantino received public backlash on social media following his admission in a New York Times article that he “knew enough” about Weinstein’s behavior to take action.
“I knew enough to do more than I did,” said Tarantino in an interview. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”
The new movie is tentatively set to release on August 9th, 2019, which is the 50th anniversary of the murder of Sharon Tate at the hands of Manson’s insane disciples.