Tarantino’s Ode to Manson

Pitt & DiCaprio Lead an Extraordinary Cast

Above Image, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cover Story Image, Brad Pitt

BY: Claire Connors

The most anticipated movie in 2019 for cinephiles is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s opus to the summer of ‘69 and Charlie Manson’s brutal and horrifying hold on the City of Angels. Of course, the story is already fascinating because it’s got sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, murder, and Hollywood celebrities all rolled into one true crime story about the series of nine killings spearheaded by the maniacal Manson and his brainwashed followers.

Because of the subject matter, naturally the film has a huge ensemble cast, and because it’s Tarantino, naturally the stars range from A-Listers to “interesting” acting choices. The lead roles are based on fictional characters: Leonardo DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, a fading TV-western star and Brad Pitt is his long-time body double, Cliff Booth. The rest of the actors in the cast, however, are portraying the real players in this “helter skelter” tale of Tinseltown.

Here are the eight other performers we’re excited to see when Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens July 26th.

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Margot Robbie plays the tragic role of murder victim Sharon Tate.


In an interesting twist, Aussie actor Damon Harriman plays Charles Manson in the film, and in the second season of Netflix’s serial killer thriller series, Mindhunter.


Dakota Fanning plays the infamous Manson follower, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme.


Emile Hirsch is Jay Sebring, a celebrity hairstylist and victim in the Manson Murders.


Girls creator Lena Dunham is been off the radar of late but she’s making a sweet comeback playing “Gypsy” here.


Tarantino alum (The Hateful Eight) Kurt Russell is playing an unknown role in the film.


Maya Hawke plays the bit part of “Flower Girl” but with her DNA—mom is Uma Thurman and dad is Ethan Hawke—she’ll be getting bigger roles soon.


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According to IMDB, Sydney Sweeney’s part in the film is not named yet, but we doubt Tarantino will waste the talent of the actor whose shocking death on Sharp Objects (she drinks the Drano) is still seared on our brains.