Leonardo DiCaprio has amped up the buzz about his new star-studded Quentin Tarantino film by posting a shot of him in character with castmate Brad Pitt on Instagram.
DiCaprio plays washed-up western star Rick Dalton in Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, opposite Pitt, who portrays his longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth.
In the first-look picture, Leo looks like a 1960s cool dude, wearing cowboy boots, brown trousers, a mustard turtle neck and leather jacket, while Brad resembles vintage Robert Redford/Steve McQueen sporting an all-denim look with a black T-shirt and shades.
DiCaprio was the first actor to commit to the film, which will also feature Margot Robbie as tragic Manson Family murder victim Sharon Tate, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, and Tarantino regulars Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. Dakota Fanning is part of the ensemble too, with the actress signing on to portray Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975. Brit Damian Lewis has been cast as movie icon Steve McQueen, and Emile Hirsch is playing the role of Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders.
Tarantino has described the film as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”.
In the movie, DiCaprio’s character lives next door to Tate, who was slaughtered by cult leader Charles Manson’s followers while pregnant with filmmaker Roman Polanski’s child in 1969.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August, 2019.