It's said DiCaprio will play an aging, out-of-work actor in the film. The pair previously worked together on Tarantino's bloody western, Django Unchained. The new film's release date is set for August 9, 2019, and will be Leo's first film role since he nabbed his first Oscar for his role in The Revenant. However, based on the film's premise and Tarantino's involvement, it sounds like a potential awards season contender.
"Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino's upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor who's had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business". Although Tarantino's work hasn't always been loved by The Academy, he has already won two Oscars to date for his screenwriting.
Following the announcement that he had finished the script, Tarantino teased us with a bit of info about the highly anticipated forthcoming movie towards the end of previous year, simply saying that "it's not Charles Manson, it's 1969" at apost-screening brunch at Estrella on Sunset for Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled. Rather, it will be a Pulp Fiction-esque film that simply takes place at the time of the Manson murders in Hollywood.
According to Deadline, the 43-year-old Oscar victor nabbed one of the "two meaty male roles" circled by Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, which was referred to only as an 'aging actor'. "The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson's cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story".
Tarantino has obviously cast DiCaprio before - as the frothing slave owner Calvin Candie in the 2012 film Django Unchained - but that wasn't the first film he wanted DiCaprio for. Using the Manson Murders as a backdrop is a flawless fit for the director's sensibilities and creative outlook. Up until then, Tarantino had only made movies at Weinstein-backed companies TWC and Miramax.