The first full-length trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood shows Leonardo DiCaprio trying – and seemingly failing – to make it big in the movie business, as well as violently taking out some nazis.
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film is set to hit cinemas this summer, and with its all-star cast it’s sure to be another big hit for the filmmaker.
The movie tells the story of actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), who’s trying to find his place in Hollywood alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt.
Check out the trailer here:
It stars DiCaprio, Pitt and Margot Robbie, as well as Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Burt Reynolds, Scoot McNairy, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, and Dakota Fanning – to name a few – and we get a glimpse at many of the stars in the newly released scenes.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is set in 1969, the year the glamorous world of Hollywood was spattered with violence as actor Sharon Tate was famously murdered by members of Charlie Manson’s cult.
In the film, Robbie plays Tate, and the trailer shows the actor celebrating her success by going to watch herself star in a film.
— Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (@OnceInHollywood) March 18, 2019
Meanwhile, DiCaprio’s character explains to stuntman Cliff that while he’s trying desperately not to be a has-been, he’s living – conveniently – right next door to Tate.
Speaking about why he was drawn to the role, DiCaprio told Esquire that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is like nothing that has been done before.
Witness Rick Dalton and Margaret Lee together in Columbia-Euro’s latest motion picture, “Operazione Dyn-o-mite!”. pic.twitter.com/eNhYEz94HV
— Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (@OnceInHollywood) May 17, 2019
I don’t think there’s been a Hollywood film like this—and by that I mean a film set in Hollywood and about Hollywood—which gets its nails dirty, getting into the everyday life of an actor and his stunt double.
1969 is a seminal time in cinema history as well as in the world. Rick and Cliff, they’re part of the old guard in Hollywood, but they’re also trying to navigate this new world of the hippie revolution and free love.
I loved the idea of taking on this struggling actor who is trying to find his footing in this new world. And his pal who he’s been with through all these wars in Hollywood.
Observe Rick Dalton as you’ve never seen him before in Gold Film’s “Tanner” – coming soon to theaters. pic.twitter.com/G3xPWYW5zb
— Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (@OnceInHollywood) May 20, 2019
Given Tarantino’s affinity for cinematic violence, I’m sure Rick and Cliff will find themselves involved with the gruesome murder of Tate in some capacity, but rather than focusing solely on the more murderous story line, the film explores what Hollywood was like in the late 60s.
According to the Independent, Tarantino explained how the film has been in the works for a long time.
— Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (@OnceInHollywood) March 19, 2019
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 seven years old.
I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that doesn’t exist anymore.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is set to be released in the UK on August 15, 2019.
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.