While there’s been much publicity about the casting for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I’ve been most curious as to who will play the notorious real-life cult leader Charles Manson. Well, it’s just been reported that, following in the footsteps of Steve Railsback, Jeremy Davies, Marcelo Games, Ryan Kiser and Evan Peters, Australian actor Damon Herriman [100 Bloody Acres] has been cast. I think I’ve only seen Railsback’s performance out of the others and he was splendidly deranged in the part.
The cast also includes Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Burt Reynolds, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Timothy Olyphant, Margot Robbie, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Scoot McNairy, James Marsden, Clifton Collins Jr, Mike Moh, Keith Jefferson, Nicholas Hammond, Spencer Garrett, Martin Kove, James Remar, Brenda Vaccaro.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been referred to as a Pulp Fiction-like tapestry of stories filled with characters around LA in the summer of 1969, before the Manson murders were committed. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton, former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth. Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor… Sharon Tate.
The film is set for July 26, 2019 release.