Things on the acting front have been pretty quiet for Leonardo DiCaprio since he ate raw bison liver and — at long last! — won an Oscar for The Revenant, but he’s finally returning to the screen to reunite with Quentin Tarantino. According to Deadline, DiCaprio has agreed to star in a still-untitled movie from the director that takes place in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969 against the backdrop of the Charles Manson murders.
DiCaprio is set to play an “aging actor” (ouch) and could be reunited with Wolf of Wall Street costar Margot Robbie, who is being eyed to play Sharon Tate, the actress infamously murdered by the Manson cult. Other actors being considered for the project are Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt — even by Tarantino standards, this could shape up to be the Golden State Warriors of movie casts.
Not much else is known about the film — Deadline describes it as “Pulp Fiction–esque,” so imagine separate but ultimately interwoven stories coming together and lots of f-bombs and gore — but Tarantino is eyeing an August 9, 2019, release date, which would simultaneously mark the 50th anniversary of Tate’s death.
Say what you will about Tarantino (though he really shouldn’t direct a Star Trek movie), but the prospect of him reuniting with DiCaprio, after the actor stole the show and messed up his hand in Django Unchained, is exciting. Plus, it’s about time DiCaprio put saving all of the whales on the backburner for a minute to make another movie. Hopefully, this time around he doesn’t need to eat raw meat or fight a bear to be considered for an Oscar.