Columbia Pictures has released a new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
The film tells the story of stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio's respective characters, Cliff Booth and Rick Dalton, as they try and navigate an evolving Los Angeles as the city and its starry inhabitants enter the early 1970s. Tarantino — who serves as the film's director, producer and writer — describes it as "a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood."
An agent of that change, Charles Manson, is glimpsed in the above clip, as is the ranch where he lived with his Family, the cult that went on to murder actress Sharon Tate—Margot Robbies turn as the starlet is also on display here, the starry-eyed actress still adjusting to a life in the spotlight. We also get an idea of just how Manson and his crew intersect with our characters, as Brad Pitts aging stuntman is seen hobnobbing with the girls that Manson drew under his spell.
Video: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – Official Trailer (HD)
Tarantino is at the Cannes Film Festival to premiere Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and shared a plea on social media Monday asking Cannes audiences not to spoil the project's twists and turns.
The real highlight, though, is the looks we get at Daltons past films, one of which finds him channeling Tarantinos Inglourious Basterds by taking a flamethrower to some Nazis. Anybody order fried sauerkraut?! DiCaprio screams in what might be the best acting of his career.
In addition to Dicaprio and Pitt, the film stars Margot Robbie as the late actress Sharon Tate who, in real life, was murdered in August 1969 by followers of Charles Manson. Along with Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood features an impressive cast including Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and the late Luke Perry, among others.
Check it out below ahead of the films July 26 premiere, and stay tuned for our own dispatch from Cannes.
"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," Tarantino has said of the film. "I'm very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore. And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff."
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's teaser trailer dropped March 20, offering first glimpses of DiCaprio, Pitt and Robbie in character. Just before, the first official posters for the film were released.
In an interview with Esquire promoting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the pair talked about working with the late Beverly Hills, 90210 actor, who played a fictitious TV actor in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film before his sudden death in March. While Pitt and DiCaprio are two superstars and icons themselves, they admitted they both fanboyed out over Perry.
Thats Luke f***ing Perry! Pitt, 55, recalled thinking when he saw Perry on the set. We were like kids in the candy shop because I remember going to the studios and [Beverly Hills, 90210] was going on and he was that icon of coolness for us as teenagers. It was this strange burst of excitement that I had, to be able to act with him.
Pitt called Perry, who was starring in Riverdale when he died, incredibly humble, amazing and absolutely committed. He said Perry couldnt have been a more friendly, wonderful guy to spend time with. I got to sit down and have some wonderful conversations with him. It was really special.
I remember my friend Vinny, who is in the film as well, we walked in and we both had this butterfly moment of like, Oh my God, thats Luke Perry over there!, Leo said, likely referring to his co-star and friend Vincent Laresca.
In the interview, it was pointed out that Pitt, DiCaprio and Tarantino all came of age in this industry at about the same time. Pitts Thelma & Louise, A River Runs Through It and Interview with the Vampire came out in 91, 92 and 94 while DiCaprio appeared in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape in 93. Tarantino, 56, released Reservoir Dogs in 92 and Pulp Fiction in 94.
Their rises coincided with Perrys TV stardom. From 1990 to 2000, he played heartthrob Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. He died March 4 at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke.
Pitt also talked about losing Burt Reynolds, who was supposed to appear in the film — in role of George Spahn — but died in September of a heart attack at the age of 82.
Ill tell you one of the greatest moments Ive had in these however many years weve been at it in this town: getting to spend two days with Burt Reynolds on this film, Pitt said.
Pitt said that growing up in the Ozarks and watching Smokey and the Bandit, you know, he was the guy. Virile. Always had something sharp to say — funny as sh**. A great dresser. Oh, man, he said with a laugh. And I had never met him, so being there with him reminded me of how much I enjoyed him as a kid. And then getting to spend those days with him in rehearsal, I was really touched by him.
The director said he found out from three different people that the last thing he did just before he died was run lines with his assistant. Then he went to the bathroom, and thats when he had his heart attack.
Bruce Dern replaced Reynolds in the film, which is out July 26. It screened on Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival.
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