Leonardo DiCaprio will star in director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film about the Charles Manson murders. Tarantino has been angling for DiCaprio for some time and now the star has signed on for what is the director’s ninth film.
DiCaprio will not play cult leader Manson, rather an ageing actor whose story intersects with some of the events and people surrounding the infamous 1969 LaBianca and Sharon Tate murders. Margot Robbie has already signed on the play the role of Tate. Robbie and DiCaprio last worked together on Scorsese’s 2013 hit THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. DiCaprio and Tarantino last worked together in 2012’s DJANGO UNCHAINED.
Not everyone is locked down for the project, actors Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are still reportedly in talks with the director.
The, as yet untitled, project will be DiCaprio’s first movie role since THE REVENANT (2015), the part that earned him a Best Actor Oscar. The Manson movie is supposed to have the release date of August 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the murders. It will be interesting to see if this tasteless marketing concept remains in place.