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Quentin Tarantino compares new film with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt to Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino unveiled his latest project, a film called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with actor Leonardo DiCaprio at the CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The film will also reunite him with Brad Pitt.

hollywood Updated: Apr 25, 2018 18:43 IST
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Quentin Tarantino,Leornardo DiCaprio,Brad Pitt
Quentin Tarantino, left, writer/director of the upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, discusses the project as cast member Leonardo DiCaprio looks on during the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation at CinemaCon 2018.(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Quentin Tarantino has teased that his ninth film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, set against the backdrop of the Charles Manson Family murders that rocked America in the 1960s, is “probably the closest” to his cult hit, Pulp Fiction.

The 55-year-old director will reunite with Leornardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) and Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds) in the film.

Tarantino, who was present with DiCaprio at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum in Las Vegas, promised to turn Los Angeles into the ‘Hollywood of 1969’, when the killings took place.

The movie is based on the murder of actor Sharon Tate and three others by members of the Manson family.

He likened DiCaprio and Pitt’s pairing as “the most exciting star dynamic since Paul Newman and Robert Redford”.

“It’s very hush hush and top secret. But I can tell you that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969, at the height of the counterculture, hippy revolution and the height of new Hollywood. Street by street, block by block, we’ll transform Los Angeles into the Hollywood of 1969,” Tarantino said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Quentin Tarantino attend CinemaCon at The Colosseum at Caesars in Las Vegas. (Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)

DiCaprio, who plays an ageing, out-of-work actor in the film, added he is pumped up to collaborate with Pitt.

“It’s hard to speak about a film that we haven’t done yet, but I’m incredibly excited... To work with Brad Pitt, and I think he’s going to transport us. I’m a huge fan of Singin’ in the Rain - movies about Hollywood. As an LA native, having read the script, it’s one of the most amazing screenplays. We are going to do our best job to make it fantastic,” he said.

Pitt will play longtime stunt double to DiCaprio’s character. Margot Robbie, meanwhile, is being eyed for the role of Tate.

The film will release on August 19, 2019 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the murders.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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First Published: Apr 25, 2018 18:41 IST