Sony has released the official trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded ensemble film 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.
The first teaser trailer dropped March 20, offering first glimpses of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie in character. In the movie, things are looking bleak for Rick, that is until he meets his next-door neighbor Sharon Tate (played by Robbie). The movie is said to be similar to a “Pulp Fiction-like tapestry” that covers a group of characters during that summer.
Check out the official trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood below:
The new trailer gives us a better glimpse of just what kind of world Tarantino is creating for audiences. We get a taste of DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton during his former glory days in a hilarious flashback that involves the former movie star igniting a group of “Nazi bastards” on fire with a flamethrower. The moment seems to be right out of Inglorious Basterds but Dalton (and DiCaprio) never appeared in that movie by Tarantino suggesting that this is looking like a film that recognizes Tarantino’s rewriting of history. Inglorious Basterds is factual in the world of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and we’re getting a look at just what kind of place it would be when the war was won by blowing up Hitler and company in a movie theater.
Speaking of which, given that DiCaprio is playing an actor, Sony has also been releasing a series of faux posters for many of Rick Dalton’s films. The designs homage everything from Spaghetti Westerns (even naming Tarantino favorite, Sergio Corbucci as a director of one of them) to Steve McQueen-esque racing romps. You can check out a selection of them below:
Along with Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood features an impressive cast including 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.
The ninth film by Tarantino is already generating buzz as it premiered today during the Cannes Film Festival. Sony and the acclaimed filmmaker have both signed off on a petition to audience members and critics to not spoil anything about the film’s story for those who still need to wait two months to see the movie in theaters. The message read: “I love cinema. You love cinema. It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time,” Tarantino wrote. “I’m thrilled to be here in Cannes to share Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood with the festival audience. The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way.”
Also, let’s just admire Kurt Russell appearing in another Tarantino movie. In Death Proof, Russell’s Suntman Mike character mention that his brother got him into the stunt business…Could we be seeing Mike’s brother (as played by Russell) in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood?
Sony Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in theaters July 26.