Clifton Collins Jr. as Ernesto “The Mexican” Vaquero
Zoë Bell as TBD
Nicholas Hammond as Sam Wanamaker
Keith Jefferson as Land Pirate Keith
Scoot McNairy as Business Bob Gilbert
Quentin Tarantino is heading to 1969 Los Angeles for his ninth feature film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” so it makes sense the director has assembled his most star-studded ensemble cast to date. From Tarantino favorites to actors teaming up with the filmmaker for the first time, the cast sets the bar high for the movie.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is now in production and opens in theaters August 9, 2019. Click through the gallery for a visual guide to the cast.
Leonardo Dicaprio’s Rick Dalton is a television actor who found success as a cast member on a popular Western series from 1958 to 1963. Dalton tried and failed to break into the movie business during the 1960s and is now trying one last push to become a Hollywood star. The role reunites DiCaprio with Tarantino after “Django Unchained.”
Cliff Booth is Rick Dalton’s close friend and served as his stunt double for most of his career. Booth joins Dalton in his attempt to break into Hollywood as a film actor. The two live together and just happen to have a house next to Sharon Tate. Pitt’s role is his second with Tarantino after leading “Inglourious Basterds.”
Sharon Tate was an American actress and model who was murdered by members of the Manson Family on August 9, 1969. Tate was married to Roman Polanski at the time. In the movie, Tate lives next door to Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth. The role brings Margot Robbie and Tarantino together for the first time. Click here to read IndieWire’s interview with Robbie on Tarantino.
Marvin Shwarz is Rick Dalton’s longtime agent. The casting is notable for being the first time Pacino and Tarantino are working together. Tarantino is famous for casting actors he idolized watching as a kid (see David Carradine in “Kill Bill,” Robert Forster in “Jackie Brown”), and Pacino continues this tradition.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was one of the most infamous members of the Manson family. She lived on George Spahn’s ranch in the months leading to Sharon Tate’s murder, and later was senteced to life imprisonment for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975. Fanning’s role will be her first in a Tarantino movie.
Kurt Russell’s role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is still under wraps. The movie will be his third collaboration with Tarantino, after playing one of the lead roles in “The Hateful Eight” and in Tarantino’s “Grindhouse” entry “Death Proof.” The actor is expected to have a smaller role in the new film.
Timothy Olyphant is expected to have a small supporting role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” although the details of his character have not been revealed. The actor currently stars in the Netflix comedy series “Santa Clarita Diet.” Tarantino’s film will be Olyphant’s first since appearing in Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” in 2016.
Steve McQueen was one of the most popular Hollywood actors in the 1960s, best known for roles in “The Sand Pebbles,” “Bullitt,” “Papillon,” and “The Great Escape,” among other titles. The actor was a friend of Jay Sebring, a hairstylist who was murdered by the Manson family alongside Sharon Tate. Lewis is mostly known for his TV work on “Homeland” and “Billions,” with his last film credit being 2016’s “Our Kind of Traitor.”
Wayne Maunder was a popular actor in American series between 1967 and 1974. The actor’s most famous role was as Scott Lancer on the ABC western drama “Lancer,” which ran for two seasons and 51 episodes. Considering DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton is a television western star, it would make sense his path crosses with Maunder’s.
Jay Sebring was a hairstylist to the stars in Hollywood. He was murdered by members of the Manson family alongside Sharon Tate and three other victims. The murders took place in Tate and Polanski’s home.
Another small supporting role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will be played by Michael Madsen. The actor is a regular presence in the films of Quentin Tarantino, having starred in “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill,” and “The Hateful Eight.”
Rumor has it James Marsden is playing Charles Manson in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but details on the character he’s playing have not been confirmed. Marsden currently stars on HBO’s drama series “Westworld.”
Tim Roth has worked with Quentin Tarantino in “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “The Hateful Eight,” and he’ll reunite with the filmmaker for an unspecified role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The character is expected to be one of the film’s smaller supporting roles.
James Marsden isn’t the only “Westworld” star making an appearance in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Clifton Collins Jr. will appear as Ernesto “The Mexican” Vaquero. Details about the character are under wraps.
Zoë Bell appeared in Tarantino’s “Death Proof” and served as Uma Thurman’s stunt double on “Kill Bill.” The actress plays a small part in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” that hasn’t been revealed. Bell teased the movie earlier this year by saying it will make the world implode given how much “genius is in one space.”
Nicholas Hammond is an American-Australian actor best known for playing Friedrich von Trapp “The Sound of Music” and starring as Peter Parker/Spider-Man on the television series “The Amazing Spider-Man.” The actor is playing Sam Wanamaker, an actor-director who launched a 1969 campaign to rebuild the Globe Theatre in London.
Keith Jefferson is playing a character named Land Pirate Keith in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but that’s all we know about his involvement in the film as of now. Jefferson has made small appearances in Tarantino’s last two films, “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight,” which makes “Hollywood” a hat-trick for the actor and Tarantino.
Scoot McNairy is playing a fictional character named Business Bob Gilbert. According to Deadline, the character is a cowboy who stars on the Western television series. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is another major gig for the actor, who is also headlining the upcoming third season of HBO’s “True Detective.”