Leonardo DiCaprio Will Star in Tarantino's Manson Movie

Though it doesn't look like he'll be playing the infamous cult leader.
Drew Schwartz
Brooklyn, US
Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images; photo of Charles Manson by Albert Foster/Mirrorpix/Getty Images.

Quentin Tarantino has reportedly been hunting for big names for his upcoming movie about the Manson murders, and it looks like he finally locked one down: According to Deadline Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star.

He'll be playing an aging, washed-up actor, his first role since nabbing his first Oscar. Though no other actors are officially signed on to the project, Variety reports it's an ensemble film akin to Pulp Fiction, with a number of stars interested in coming onboard. Tarantino is reportedly looking to tap Margot Robbie to play actress Sharon Tate, and eyeing Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Al Pacino for major roles.

Details are scant on the film's plot, but it's reportedly going to be set in 1969, when Tate and six other people were killed at Charles Manson's behest. The massacre, along with Manson's trial and sentencing, captivated the country and inspired documentaries, gave Manson a few pen pals, and sparked a bizarre fight over his body following his death in November.

According to Tarantino, the film won't be a biopic—"It's not Charles Manson, it's 1969," he said recently—and given that DiCaprio's character doesn't fit clearly into Manson's real-life saga, you have to wonder what other ground the movie is going to cover, seeing as the year also saw Richard Nixon sworn in as president, The Beatles' last public show, and a spate of Zodiac killings.

Still, it'll likely hew closely to Manson's story: The movie is set to drop on August 9, 2019, 50 years to the day of the LaBianca murders. Looks like DiCaprio will have to take a break from doing his best Teddy Roosevelt impression to find time to film the grisly saga.

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