By Brian Truitt
The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s anticipated ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has been released and features an explosion of starpower, including Australia’s own Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
Tarantino is known to keep his plots secret, so there is little hint of what the movie is actually about, but he did descibe it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”.
“I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven years old,” Tarantino has said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff.”
DiCaprio stars as Hollywood actor Rick Dalton, and Pitt plays Rick’s stunt double Cliff Booth.
In the trailer, they share some banter, Cliff kung-fu fights with Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) and Rick does a little cheesy TV show host dance.
There’s also a brief wave hello from infamous psychopath Charles Manson, played by Australian actor Damon Herriman.
Herriman, a regular fixture on local TV including roles in Love My Way and Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl, has earned a solid reputation in the States for his portrayal of unhinged oddballs, most notably in the FX series Justified.
Robbie is also featured throughout playing actress Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski who was murdered in 1969 by the Manson family.
After initial opposition to the project’s planned release on what would be the 50th anniversary of Tate’s death, her sister Debra read the screenplay and blessed the project.
Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning and Lena Dunham also feature in supporting roles in the star-studded cast.
Tarantino, who directed Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained, has repeatedly said that his 10th film will be his last — and Once Upon a Time is marketing the fact on its movie poster, which highlights the coming feature as his “9th”.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood releases in Australian cinemas on August 15 – three weeks after it is released in the US.
USA Today, with staff writers