It’s a mixed bag for Quentin and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
You’ve probably heard the news. Quentin Tarantino recruited Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Burt Reynolds to the already stellar cast of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Tarantino’s upcoming period piece film about the infamous Manson-Tate murders already has Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie (in the role of Sharon Tate), and the latest recruits feel familiar as an old piece of news to a journalist. I’m a journalist so I know how that feels like.
Counting Leo, there is heavy presence of actors (male and female) that has worked with Tarantino on his previous projects, most notably the wonderful Tim Roth. Roth (along with Russel) were part of Tarantino’s previous film Hateful Eight, and old acquaintances include Michael Madsen, and Zoe Bell too.
In fact there is more of the old, and much much less with the new in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Of all of the 8 confirmed actors, 5 of them appeared in Tarantino’s previous films. Hey… Don’t change the winning team? I guess that’s true. Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and the Hollywood veteran Burt Reynolds are the only newbie’s here.
Reynolds is also the oldest actor in the cast, and by the time the movie opens in theaters (on August 2019) he’ll be 83 years old. This will also be one of his most anticipated movies in more than 2 decades (well since Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights that earned him an Oscar nod).
I’m really excited to see MichaelMadsen back in Tarantino’s movie (he was awesome in Kill Bill), and Kurt is always a joy to watch on the big screen. But like I’ve said in previous posts…. I’m having troubles grasping the „closest movie to pulp Fiction“ promise that Tarantino made to his audience (about Once Upon A Time in Hollywood). I’d really much prefer for him to the opposite and deliver us something fresh and original, and not a copy of one of his most famous films. Successful film, but an old old film. Well… Que sera sere. Right?
Sony Pictures will be distributing the film and it will be released on August 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca murders.