The rough cast list was shared on Twitter by author Don Winslow, and shows that lead actors John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson were second choices for their respective roles as Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield.
Tarantino originally wanted Michael Madsen, who worked with him on Reservoir Dogs in 1992, and Laurence Fishburne.
Jackson was also down for the role of Marcellus Wallace, a character who was played by his first choice – Ving Rhames.
Other actors down for the role of Vincent were Alec Baldwin, Gary Oldman, and Michael Keaton. Eddie Murphy was also in the running for Jules.
Interestingly, Uma Thurman, who played Mia Wallace, doesn’t appear on the wish list of the 16 actors Tarantino had noted down (actors on the list included Virginia Madsen, Alfre Woodard, Bridget Fonda, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Beals). The role of Jody ended up being played by Rosanna Arquette, the sister of Tarantino’s first choice, Patricia.
Tarantino is set to direct a Once Upon A Time In Hollywood spin-off based on Bounty Law, the fictitious TV show that stars DiCaprio’s character in the film. In 2019, meanwhile, he hinted that he’s working on a book about a World War II veteran and his struggle to reconnect with Hollywood movies.