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Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio confirmed for Quentin Tarantino's Sharon Tate drama

Inglourious Basterds

Story by Jack Foley

BRAD Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio have been confirmed to co-star in Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate drama.

Newly titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the film is being described by Tarantino as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”.

He continued: “The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour…Sharon Tate.”

Both DiCaprio and Pitt have been closely linked to the project for some time, although negotiations have been drawn out for various reasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

However, given the Oscar pedigree of Tarantino’s work and the fact that both men have previously collaborated successfully with the filmmaker in the past, a deal was eventually found.

Tarantino worked with Pitt in 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, which grossed over $321 million globally and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, with Christoph Waltz winning for best supporting actor.

While DiCaprio starred in Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which also was an Oscar player with five nominations and two wins (best original screenplay for Tarantino and best supporting actor, again for Waltz).

Elaborating on the inspiration behind the film a little more, Tarantino said in a statement: “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.

“I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”

Sony Pictures is due to release the film worldwide on August 9, 2019.