Burt Reynolds in Talks for Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Burt Reynolds in Talks for Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Burt Reynolds in talks for Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Deadline reports that Academy Award nominee and acting legend Burt Reynolds is in talks to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Reynolds would take on the role of George Spahn, the man whose ranch became the home for Charles Manson and his “family” in the 1960s.

In addition, Tarantino regulars Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Kurt Russell (Death Proof, The Hateful Eight) and Michael Madsen (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs) are also in talks for smaller roles in the film. They join a cast that includes Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt. Margot Robbie also remains in talks for the film, in the role of Manson’s victim Sharon Tate.

Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor named Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) who’s had one hit western series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick Cliff Booth (Pitt) — who’s also his stunt double — is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate (Rick’s neighbor in the film) and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.

Sony Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on August 9, 2019.

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