DiCaprio to star in Charles Manson-era Tarantino movie

FILE PHOTO: US actor Leonardo DiCaprio looks on prior to speaking on stage during the Paris premiere of the documentary film
FILE PHOTO: U.S. actor Leonardo DiCaprio looks on prior to speaking on stage during the Paris premiere of the documentary film "Before the Flood" at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France on October 17, 2016. REUTERS/Christophe Archambault/Pool/File Photo

January 12, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a movie set around the Charles Manson murders, Hollywood entertainment publications reported on Friday, but he will not play the role of the American cult leader.

DiCaprio will instead take the part of an aging, out-of-work actor in the as-yet untitled movie being produced and directed by Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino, Variety and Deadline.com said.

Plot details have not been released but Tarantino said in November that it was not a biographical movie but a story set during the summer of 1969, when a string of gruesome killings in Southern California were carried out by Manson’s followers.

Manson, one of the 20th century’s most notorious criminals, died in November at the age of 83. He had been serving a life sentence for ordering the murders of nine people including actress Sharon Tate.

The Sony Pictures movie is to be released on Aug. 9, 2019, exactly 50 years after Tate and four friends were stabbed or shot dead.

Deadline and Variety said that Australian actress Margot Robbie has been asked to play Sharon Tate. Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino are also rumored to be interested, or are being sought, for the movie.

Sony Pictures, part of Sony Corp, did not return a request for comment on the casting.

The movie will be the first Tarantino film to be released without the Weinstein Company following allegations by more than 70 women of sexual misconduct against its former chief executive Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein, who has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone, was fired last November and his independent production company is currently up for sale.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

  • frederick@dreamerchant.com

    Tarantino knew of Weinstein’s misbehavior 25 years ago. But the director continues to function in the community unscathed. Why is this possible?

  • PlumbGenius

    Leonardo DiCaprio the ‘eco warrior’ flew on a private jet from NY to LA SIX times in SIX weeks, Sony hack documents reveal
    I would also like to see how the me too campaign will effect Leos harems

  • Matt

    is he flying his private polluting jet to the filming?

  • Dan Taylor

    Another piece if garbage I can do without…

  • TM. 51

    Spend all the money you can and take your time to make this film because, I have no intention to spend any money on Hollywood. I hope your film is a box office “Tank”.

  • Just Sayin

    It’s nice to know Mr. Tarantino will honor the memory of Ms. Tate and others. I’m sure all moneys raised will go to the family members of their victims . Ya gotta hand it to these companionate film makers and their sensitivity to #Metoo. (I’m being sarcastic)

  • Localdude

    …but it will have really cool obscure music from the period, will denigrate American values and make ‘white dudes’ look like idiots – and be sure that women and minorities look ’empowered’ – while looking really cartoon in tone, texture and visual flavor…yeh, cool..pass…

    • whoselineisitanyway

      Tarentino is a no talent hack and as ugly as sin.

  • Commentsbywanda

    I thought Di Crapio was against guns. Nope, I rather stay home and save my money.

  • TP

    What a waste of time, resources, and “talent”

  • Snideley_whiplassche

    Did you ever announce a party, and no one came, leo?

  • nfcapitalist

    Hollywood Traitors want us to feel sorry for them… going back that far to find a victim murdered in a Hollywood mansion will be a flop.

    But DiCaprio will be convincing with a swastika tattoo between his eyes… genuine good look for him.

  • Jody Knowles

    Colin Farrell would be the perfect Charles Manson

  • Buster

    “DiCaprio will instead take the part of an aging, out-of-work actor.” Practice?

  • Scott Henke

    I’m surprised this guy hasn’t been hit by #metoo yet.

  • Varangian Guard

    An environmental cupcake working with a cop hater.

    Not at all interested in anything they touch. I speak with my cash when it comes to these hypocrites.

    Read books and send the same message as was sent to the NFL

  • Arcanumone

    DiCapitate is a POS

  • greg brady

    No thank you, I won’t watch this imbecile play make believe. Keeping my dough!

    • HarryObrian

      Agree, not to mention the Charles Manson thing has been done a thousand times already. The most recent was a tv series named Aquarius with David Duchovny that shows all the murders.
      I guess Tarrantino is done.

  • Disgusted Caucasian

    DiCaprio is the Charles Manson of global warming.

  • Disgusted Caucasian

    DiCaprio is the Charles Manson of global warming.

  • famouswolf

    That is a new low for di Caprio.

    • Talkie Tina

      Well no one goes to the theatre anymore, because the liberal movie stars had to shove their political opinion at us, and give us the big middle one.

      The has beens must take what they can get, in movie rolls.