Leonardo DiCaprio is coming back to the big screen nearly two years after he finally won an Academy Awards for Best Actor.
The 43-year-old is joining Quentin Tarantino's ninth movie after being courted for several months. He will play the role of an aging, out-of-work actor. This is DiCaprio's first movie since Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant in 2016.
The still-untitled new movie will tackle the story of Charles Manson, the infamous serial killer who murdered actress Sharon Tate, wife of famed director Roman Polanski, in her home in California in 1969. The notorious criminal and cult leader died in November 2017.
The movie has not locked in the rest of its cast, but Variety reports that Tarantino is eyeing 2018 Golden Globes nominee Margot Robbie for the role of Sharon Tate. The actress has not confirmed her involvement in the movie as of this writing.
If cast, Robbie will reunite with DiCaprio. The two previously starred in the 2013 Martin Scorsese movie The Wolf of Wall Street.
The publication also mentioned that Tom Cruise and Al Pacino are being considered in key roles. Neither actor has officially signed up for the movie. Samuel L. Jackson and Brad Pitt are also rumored to join the star-studded cast.
Sony outbid several studios including Warner Bros. and Paramount to claim distribution rights of the untitled project.
Last year, Tarantino announced that his next movie will center on the Manson Family murders in 1969. In an interview back in November, the director clarified that his new movie will not be a biopic but a story set in a tumultuous time period.
"It's not Charles Manson, it's 1969," he cautioned.
The upcoming movie will open in theaters on Aug. 9, 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the LaBianca murders which happened a day after Tate (and her unborn baby) was killed.
The upcoming Charles Manson movie will also be the first that Tarantino will make without The Weinstein Company. The renowned movie maker officially parted ways with the Hollywood company following dozens of sexual assault allegations against its founder and movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
The genius behind Pulp Fiction previously stated that he regretted not taking action.
"I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard," he stated in an interview. "If I had done the work I should have done then, I would not have had to work with him."