Charles Manson is not the star of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie.
The trailer for “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” dropped Wednesday morning, setting the record straight on a film that’s been much buzzed about since it started filming last year.
The big reveal: This is not just another rehash of the crazy-eyed Chicken Rancher’s infamous tale of cult guru worship and “Helter Skelter” bloodletting.
The official plot synopsis from Sony Pictures: “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.”
Yes, Margot Robbie co-stars as slain starlet Sharon Tate, but the “ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age,” Sony says.
We still have months to wait before the film’s July 26 release date, but social media critics have already been quite vocal (surprise, surprise) about the initial promo images for the film.
They called out DiCaprio’s double chin waddle in early leaked images last year — and ripped on Pitt’s oddly altered head in the official poster released earlier this week.
One person tweeted, “Remember when REAL artist would paint real works of art for posters… Sigh, I mean I am still excited as hell for this movie but this poster is lame as f—k!”
Will the trailer fare better with Twitter trolls? Something tells us fans of Tarantino’s signature brand of stylized violence, period-perfect soundtracking and propulsive imagery will eat it up.
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