Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt star in Quentin Tarantino’s most shocking film yet

To coincide with its world premiere at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, Sony Pictures has released a new, full-length trailer for the ninth film by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in lead roles as a has-been star and his stunt double, respectively, the film is slated for a July release.

In true Tarantino fashion, the trailer teases a film that is filled with whip-smart dialogue, loud violence and a bunch of film references. At one point, Al Pacino’s character mimes firing a gun, which brings to mind his iconic Scarface gunfight. Another sequence – which seems to be a film within a film – apparently references Tarantino’s own Inglourious Basterds.

Set in 1969 Hollywood, the film is said to be structured in the fashion of Pulp Fiction, with numerous intersecting storylines, including that of actor Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), who was murdered by members of the Charles Manson ‘family’.

Several of the most famous stars of the era, including Bruce Lee, will be featured in the film, which Tarantino completed just in the nick of time, in order to premiere it at Cannes. The prestigious film festival holds a special place in his heart; Tarantino won the Palm d’Or for Pulp Fiction there.

DiCaprio, who hasn’t starred in a film since his Oscar-winning turn in 2015’s The Revenant, seems to be gunning for another Academy Award here. The trailer has several scenes in which the star is allowed to fully explore his character, a former television star struggling to transition into the movies.

Tarantino ahead of the Cannes premiere wrote a letter urging fans to not spoil the ending of the film, which is said to be quite shocking. “I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way. Thank you,” he wrote on Instagram. Fans have wondered if the film is another of Tarantino’s revisionist tales – like Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained – and have theorised if Sharon Tate survives in his version of events.

Besides Pitt and DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also stars Margot Robbie, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, and several others.

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First Published:
May 21, 2019 21:04 IST

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