Once Upon a Time In Hollywood adds Lena Dunham, Maya Hawke, and more
Deadline reports that Girls star Lena Dunham, Austin Butler (Yoga Hosers, The Dead Don’t Die), Maya Hawke (Little Women) and Green Inferno actress Lorenza Izzo have been cast to join in the star-studded cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming mystery crime Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.
Dunham is best known for role in HBO’s Girls which she created and starred in. She is currently working as an executive producer and writer in the upcoming HBO comedy series Camping. Butler will next be seen in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die starring alongside Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Selena Gomez.
Hawke is the daughter of famous actors Ethan Hawke (Dead Poets Society, Boyhood) and frequent Tarantino collaborator Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill). She will next be seen in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things as Robin. Izzo is a Chilean actress best known for her roles in Green Inferno and Knock Knock. She will next seen in the upcoming fantasy film The House with a Clock in Its Walls alongside Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.
The massive ensemble cast for the film also includes Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit), Timothy Olyphant (Santa Clarita Diet), Michael Madsen (Sin City), Tim Roth (Selma), Damian Lewis (Billions), Luke Perry (The Fifth Element), Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer), Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), Clifton Collins (Pacific Rim), Keith Jefferson (The Hateful Eight), Nicholas Hammond (The Sound of Music), James Marsden (Westworld), Julia Butters (Transparent), and Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire).
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, portrayed by Robbie) 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.
This will be Tarantino’s first film based on true events, as Inglorious Basterds was technically set in World War II and featured key leaders including Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill, but in an alternate history that did not follow reality.
Production for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is currently underway in Los Angeles for Sony Pictures and the film is slated for release on August 9, 2019.