Renowned director Quentin Tarantino has another interesting movie up his sleeve — Once Upon A Time In Hollywood — which has created quite an uproar even before its release. Unless you were living under a rock so far, you have probably heard of it, too. The film is going to be special in so many ways. For instance, it is the first film made by Tarantino that won’t be associated with Harvey Weinstein. The director severed ties after Harvey Weinstein was allegedly accused of misconduct of several women and finally had to face a trial. It will also bring together a star-studded cast consisting of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, and the late Luke Perry. Incidentally, it was Luke Perry’s last film.
The film is based and set in Hollywood during the last few years of its glorious Golden Age — 1969. It basically revolves around the lives of an average actor and his stunt double. The actor is played by Leo who is thinking of moving to Italy for better work opportunities. The movie also highlights the changing face of Hollywood. Though the plot is not based on a real story, it has a few real incidents that rocked the showbiz industry back then. Though Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s characters are fictional, Margot Robbie’s character as Sharon Tate is based on Tate’s real story. Sharon was thriving in the era of Hippie Hollywood in the late sixties and her murder by the followers of Charles Manson get a place in the movie. This year also marks the 50th death anniversary of the 26-year-old actress who was 8 months pregnant at that time.
Critics have touted it as a plot that is pulp fiction-ish. Tarantino himself has said that this film is closest to Pulp Fiction among all his other films. It has already been called one of the most awaited and anticipated movie of the year. Here is what the veteran director said in an interview, “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 7 years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore.” Though the Manson murder does play a significant role, the movie doesn’t center on that event. It is more about how Hollywood changed and two people from the industry finding it difficult to cope with it.
Since the movie has already created a stir, we got to learn several other trivia about it. For example, Leo, who is definitely Tarantino’s favorite, was so impressed with the script that he was okay with getting about 50% less than his fees. However, that amount will be a cool $10 million. Not bad, right? All the cast members were so enchanted by the script and by Tarantino himself that it has only increased the hype surrounding the film. We can’t wait!
However, we all have to wait till July 26 which is the movie’s expected US premiere. The summer of ’69 will be a story of loss, new era, counterculture, and more — we simply cannot wait to see it in the direction of Tarantino and his star-studded cast.