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Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Quentin Tarantino’s movie about Charles Manson

The movie will reunite Tarantino and DiCaprio who last worked together on 2012’s Django Unchained

It's been confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio will star in in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film about the notorious cult-family murderer Charles Manson, who passed away in November 2017 after spending 46 years in jail.

Deadline reports that Margot Robbie has also been approached to play Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of film director Roman Polanski who was slaughtered by the Manson Family in 1969.

While the plot of the currently untitled film is tightly under wraps, it is said to be a “unique take” on the story in the vein of Pulp Fiction rather than a biopic. It will be set in 1969 Los Angeles, during the summer of the Manson murders. 

The movie will reunite Tarantino and DiCaprio who last worked together on 2012’s Django Unchained. As well as being DiCaprio’s first since his Oscar-winning turn in The Revenant, it will also likely be one of Tarantino's last films – this will be his ninth movie and he has confirmed plans to retire after his tenth.

Public fascination with the Manson Family hasn’t waned since the murders took place; just recently the killings featured in Emma Cline’s The Girls, TV series Aquarius, and a series of the podcast You Must Remember This.

If the project goes ahead it’ll be Tarantino’s first film based on true events, but it’s not that far out of his wheelhouse – considering it’ll naturally have a whole lot of violence, crime, and the potential to portray interesting, troubled women.

The film, which begins shooting in summer 2018, is set to be released on August 9, 2019, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Tate’s murder. It will be Tarantino's first release since cutting ties with Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Company after 25 years of working together.