Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis join already massive cast of Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Damian Lewis, 47, will portray the famous Hollywood star Steve McQueen and Dakota Fanning will play Manson family member Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry and Emile Hirsch are all set to join the already massive cast of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', it was announced on Wednesday. The film has Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen on the list with more announcements expected soon.
Damian Lewis, 47, will portray the famous Hollywood star Steve McQueen, who was the era’s heartthrob and Dakota Fanning will play Manson family member Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme who had received a life sentence for an attempt to kill President Gerald Ford back in 1975.
Luke Perry will play Scotty Lancer, Emile Hirsch will be Jay Sebring and Nicholas Hammond will portray Sam Wanamaker. Keith Jefferson and Clifton Collins have also been added to the cast.
According to Deadline, the Tarantino film has been referred to as a Pulp Fiction-like tapestry of stories set in LA in the summer of late 1960s at the height of hippy Hollywood. The film follows the former star of a western TV series Rick Dalton played by Leonardo DiCaprio, a struggling, unfulfilled star of the western TV series, and Rick’s longtime stunt double Cliff Booth, portrayed by Brad Pitt.
The movie will show their struggle and ordeals to make it big in Hollywood. Both their struggles go unrecognized. But Rick has a popular neighbor next door – Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie. Tate was murdered by members of Charles Manson’s cult when she was pregnant with Roman Polanski’s child.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino said, "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. I'm very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that doesn't exist anymore. And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff."
Tarantino worked with Brad Pitt in 'Inglourious Basterds' which grossed over $321 million worldwide and was also nominated for eight Academy Awards with Christoph Waltz winning the best supporting actor award.
DiCaprio starred in Tarantino’s 'Django Unchained', which was also nominated in the Oscars and won two out of five nominations.
Fanning is also set to take on her first-time role as a producer for an adaptation of 'The Bell Jar' by Kirsten Dunst. She will also play a part in the movie. Fanning also appears in 'Ocean’s 8' and has directed 'Hello Apartment', starring Even Hewson and Tom Sturridge.
Lewis is best known for his leading role on 'Homeland' and 'Billions'. This will be Tarantino’s third film with Keith Jefferson, who also worked in his other movies including The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained.
'Once upon a Time in Hollywood', which is being produced by Tarantino, David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh, is set to release on August 9, 2019.