Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood Goes Old School with New PosterBrad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Hollywood Hills . . .by
MARCH 18, 2019 10:25 AM
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Twitter account is mainly devoted to his second true love: climate-change awareness. (His first true love, of course, is still vaping.) But the actor has switched back to movie-star mode on Monday to share the official poster for Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood. The film, directed by Quentin Tarantino, stars DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a fading star and his stunt double, respectively, living in Hollywood around the time of the 1969 Manson murders.
As far as posters go, this one is . . . pretty standard, I guess! Perfectly nice. Classic fare. It’s Pitt and DiCaprio standing side by side, with a yellow car behind them and the Hollywood sign doing its thing in the hills in the distance. DiCaprio’s accompanying caption for the poster reads: “Hollywood. 1969. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood.”View image on Twitter
Hollywood. 1969. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood
Pitt is wearing the same outfit that was shown in Vanity Fair’s exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film, which also included fresh glimpses of Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, who was brutally killed by Manson’s followers. Pitt plays Cliff Booth, a longtime friend and stunt double for Rick Dalton (DiCaprio). The film also stars Al Pacino as Marvin Schwarzs, Dalton’s agent; scan through those photos and you’ll see Pacino in character, meeting Dalton and Booth at the legendary hot spot Musso & Frank Grill.
Cinematographer Robert Richardson has teased details about the film, telling Collider last October that it feels “very fresh.”“It oscillates between humorous, serious, spooky; it’s playful,” he said. “It’s not easily describable, but it’s very Quentin. Very, very, very Quentin.” He also praised the work of Pacino and cast member Dakota Fanning, who plays Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme: “Phew, is she a powerhouse.”
Though the film will be released around the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders, Tarantino has said that it will not focus solely on the horrific true-crime story. “It takes place at the height of the counterculture explosion,” he told Varietyin 2018. “It takes place at the time of the hippie revolution, and it takes place at the height of new Hollywood.”
The filmmaker added that Once Upon a Time . . . will be similar, in terms of plotting and style, to Pulp Fiction. Except when it comes to that earlier film’s perfect poster—which, with all due respect to Pitt and DiCaprio, has yet to be outdone.