Sony has released the first teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated new film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, the film is set in 1969 Los Angeles during the Manson Family murders and tells the story of television actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) as they try to get involved in the film industry.
Along with Pitt and DiCaprio, the massive ensemble cast for the film also includes Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), the late Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Michael Madsen (Sin City), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Damian Lewis (Billions), the very recently late 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), Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire). Not to mention two more heavyweight legends, Al Pacino and Kurt Russell.
Check out the first teaser trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood below:
This is, after all, a teaser trailer, meant only to entice us. Given the film is still over four months away, we can most definitely expect a full, theatrical trailer to follow in the next couple of months. Still, we get our first look at the two leads, and their apparent chemistry Tarantino has compared to Newman and Redford out of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Interestingly enough, we also get a great first look at Mike Moh as Bruce Lee, who looks uncanny as the late pop culture icon. And we get one, very quick glimpse at Justified‘s Damon Herriman as Charles Mason, who, ironically enough is also playing Charles Manson in David Fincher’s serial killer show Mindhunter. There isn’t so much a setup of the story, or more likely, the individual narrative that Tarantino is weaving but we’ll wait patiently for that full official trailer in the months to come.
In an interview with THR, Tarantino describes Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. 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.”
The film was first announced back in July of 2017 when Tarantino severed ties with all-around pig man Harvey Weinstein following his sexual abuse allegations. Sony Pictures ended up winning a huge bidding war for the film and, along with Columbia Pictures, will distribute. The studio edged out others due in part to having met Tarantino’s demands for final cut privilege, something guaranteeing what’s on the big screen is entirely the vision of its writer/director. Shortly after that, casting started revving up with Pitt, DiCaprio, and Robbie headlining the cast, along with several Tarantino regulars from his sort of stock company of actors like Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, and Michael Madsen. Principal photography was particularly long on the film as it has been shooting on and off from June through November of 2018 in Los Angeles.
Sony also released a couple of lackluster poster, although it does feature the the big-named leads and that might really be enough to get people flocking to theaters:
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is currently slated for release on July 26th, 2019.