Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Quentin Tarantino's Charles Manson movie

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According to a report from Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio landed a role in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie based on the life and trial of Charles Manson, the serial killer who recently passed away in prison due to old age. It was widely reported that Tarantino had initially wanted DiCaprio to play Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds.

DiCaprio will play "an aging actor" evidently, though whether this is a fictional character created specifically for the story or an actual aging actor from 1969 is unknown.

The director has previously worked with Miramax or The Weinstein Company on all of his feature films, but is breaking away following recent sexual assault allegations against co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise have also been rumoured to be attached to the project, which is apparently set to involve two main male roles.

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After a heated bidding war, Sony picked up the rights to the feature back in November. The movie is the first of Tarantino's to be released with Sony and already has an August 2019 release date.

This will mark DiCaprio's first film since winning the Oscar in 2016 for his performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "The Revenant". The Academy Award-winning actor is in talks to star in the now untitled project about Charles Manson and the Manson family murders.

Additionally, the release of the film will come out on the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate's murder.

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