Timothy Olyphant negotiating a lead role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Deadline reports that Primetime Emmy nominee Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet, Justified, Snowden) is in negotiations to co-star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, written and directed by Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction).
Olyphant will be joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and the recently-announced Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. Olyphant’s schedule had to be reworked around his Netflix original series, Santa Clarita Diet, which was recently renewed for a third season.
Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 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. The movie is said to be similar to a “Pulp Fiction-like tapestry” that covers a group of characters during that summer.
Production is currently being prepped in Los Angeles for Sony Pictures and the film is slated for release on August 9, 2019.
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