Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood ensemble is pretty incredible so far, with Burt Reynolds, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen added this week. They joined the previously announced Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, who will lead the film. Also confirmed? Margot Robbie is on board.
Ever since the project was announced, it was being reported that Margot Robbie had been offered the role of late actress Sharon Tate, who was of course infamously slain by the Manson family in 1969. Indiewire confirms this week, via Robbie herself, that she has signed on the dotted line.
“Beyond anything, I’ve just always wanted to see [Tarantino] work,” Robbie told the site. “And I want to see how he runs a set, and how he directs people, and what the vibe is onset, and what’s in the script, and then what happens on the day. I’m just fascinated by all of it, fascinated. So it’s going to be a crazy experience to witness it firsthand. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing.”
Robbie added, “I feel a responsibility with every character I play, whether they’re fictional or real life. To play her right, play her truthfully, and kind of understand her emotional journey.”
Tarantino’s film has been referred to as a Pulp Fiction-like tapestry of stories filled with characters around LA in the summer of 1969, before the Manson murders were committed. Sony Pictures stepped up to acquire the film and it is set for August 9, 2019, release worldwide. Sony described the film as a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate.