It’s official – Leonardo Di Caprio will be joining the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson feature ‘Untitled Quentin Tarantino/1969 Project.’ The director and actor last worked together on the 2012 movie Django Unchained.
Di Caprio is rumored to play an aging actor in a Pulp Fiction-style tale. Other stars Tarantino is hoping to get on board are Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Jennifer Lawrence.
Rumors surrounding the project have been around since July last year and an official pending release date of August 9th, 2019, has been set. The date is significant as this will be the 50th anniversary of the day the bodies of Sharon Tate and her friends were discovered at 10050 Cielo Drive…
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Over his year 25-year long career, Tarantino has directed just nine features – or eight if you count ‘Kill Bill: Volume ‘ and ‘Kill Bill: Volume 2’ as one film. True crime fans will be interested in knowing what the Academy Award winner will do with the shocking story of the cult murders.
On the night of August 8th, 1969, murderous cult leader Charles Manson gave fatal instructions to his followers – they were to go to “that house where (record producer Terry) Melcher used to live” and “totally destroy everyone in (it), as gruesome as you can.”
Charles “Tex” Watson then took followers Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to commit one of the most gruesome murders Los Angeles had ever witnessed. Amongst the victims was eight-months-pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski. They were stabbed to death, their bodies discovered the following morning, tied with rope and covered in blood.
In 1971, Manson was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to life in prison. Had the death penalty not been abolished – he would have likely have faced execution.