Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are rocking some slick retro style in the first official photo from Quentin Tarantino’s controversial film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
DiCaprio shared the image via Instagram on Wednesday, June 27, along with a simple caption: “First look. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood.” The pic shows the two actors leaning against a stone column while staring intently at the camera.
DiCaprio’s style in the photo includes a mustard-colored turtleneck and a burnt-orange leather jacket with dark brown pants and matching boots. Pitt is decked out in jeans, a denim jacket, a blue tee, and suede boots, with aviator sunglasses to top off the retro look.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood finds the Titanic star taking on the role of a fading ’70s TV actor named Rick Dalton. Pitt plays his stunt double, Cliff Booth. The (controversial) twist is that the characters live next door to real-life Manson family murder victim Sharon Tate, who will be played by Margot Robbie.
The movie also features Dakota Fanning as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford) and Damian Lewis as actor Steve McQueen. Other cast members include Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, James Marsden, Luke Perry, and Tim Roth.
The film is set for release on August 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of Tate’s death. Tate, her unborn child, and four others were killed at the actress’ Los Angeles home in 1969.
Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra Tate, has been critical of the project, and of the general trend in Hollywood to sensationalize real-life murders for the purpose of entertainment. “It’s been exploitative since day one,” she said, according to Deadline. “It’s been the case since the media went crazy and has perpetuated mistruths, making things even more salacious. It’s now morphed into something that is more fictionalized than truth at this point.”
She continued, “To celebrate the killers and the darkest portion of society as being sexy or acceptable in any way, shape, or form is just perpetuating the worst of our society. I am vehemently opposed to anything that does that. I’ve been dealing with this for 50 years now.”
(photo via Andrew Cooper/2018 CTMG, Inc)