The first trailer for director Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated film about 1960s Hollywood and the Manson family cult, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” made its online debut this week.
Tarantino’s ninth film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a has-been actor and his stunt double, respectively, as they navigate a rapidly shifting social scene in Los Angeles, California in 1969, the same year that the Manson family murders would shock the nation. The duo live next door to pregnant actress Sharon Tate (portrayed by “I, Tonya” actress Margot Robbie), who would later become known as the Manson Family’s most famous victim.
Tarantino — who wrote, produced, and directed the film — drew on his own experiences growing up when working on the script, he explained to Deadline last year.
“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 don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio & Pitt as Rick & Cliff," he said.
Though the news has yet to be confirmed, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 25 years after Tarantino debuted one of his most well-known works “Pulp Fiction” at the same venue, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The worldwide premiere was originally slated for August 9 — the 50-year anniversary of Tate’s death — but has since been moved up to a July 26 release date in order for the film to have more time in theaters during the summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sharon Tate’s sister Debra Tate previously criticized the film, calling it “irresponsible” and accusing the filmmakers of “taking horrific situations and making them even more graphic than they were without any concern for the living victims of these crimes and I think that’s horrible and crass,” PEOPLEe reports.
However, Debra has since given Tarantino her blessing, having said in July that a talk with the controversial director changed her mind on the subject.
“He has done nothing but respect me and be very forthcoming. I have very high hopes for this project,” she said.
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