Leonardo DiCaprio has accepted a starring role in Quentin Tarantino's ninth film as director, and is expected to close the deal soon, according to Deadline.
'If anyone tried to duplicate what [Quentin] does I think they would be sued for copyright infringement, ' DiCaprio - who almost played Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds - told EW back in 2012.
Plot details for the unnamed Manson film are still thin on the ground at this stage, but it's thought to be a 1969-set ensemble flick that in some way details the Manson family murders - which were orchestrated by Charles Manson, one of the most widely-known serial killers of all time.
According to Deadline, the 43-year-old Oscar victor nabbed one of the "two meaty male roles" circled by Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, which was referred to only as an 'aging actor'. His sidekick - who's also his stunt double - is looking for the same thing. Margot Robbie, meanwhile, is being eyed for the role of Sharon Tate. It's possible he has the "male TV actor who's had one hit series" part, and it could be interesting to see DiCaprio, one of the biggest stars of the past two decades, play someone who's down and out in Hollywood.
The movie will be released by Sony, which nabbed the project following a bidding war in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's firing from The Weinstein Company.
DiCaprio's role will be the first the actor has undertaken since his Oscar-winning performance in 2015's The Revenant.
Whatever #9 is about, and whatever role Leo plays in it, it's looking as if Tarantino's new effort is set to blow our minds.
The now untitled Quentin Tarantino Manson movie will open on August 9, 2019.