The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has finally landed. As usual, rather than steering clear of provocative material, Tarantino is diving right into the thick of things, setting his latest work at the time of — and next door to — Sharon Tate’s murder in 1969.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, a washed-up actor and his longtime (and long-suffering) stunt double and best friend, respectively, who just so happen to live next to Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). The trailer is as snappy as one would expect from Tarantino — quick dialogue, visual flourishes, catchy music — with a comedic skew to it that brings to mind both Shane Black’s The Nice Guys and the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! With “old” footage of Dalton’s movies and even an on-set verbal tête-à-tête with Bruce Lee (Mike Moh), the film looks as fun as Tarantino must have had making it.
The rest of the cast is stacked with Tarantino mainstays and other familiar names, including Al Pacino as Dalton’s agent, Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen, Dakota Fanning as Squeaky Fromme, and Bruce Dern as George Spahn. Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, and James Marsden — among others — have also been cast in the film, though their parts are still unknown.
The film is due for release on July 26. Take a look at the first poster below, and if you need more of a Tarantino fix before the movie premieres, keep up with Tarantino’s film blogging on the New Beverly Cinema’s website.