Buzz has been building around Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a film set among the same timeline as the Charles Manson-led murders.
With months of casting reveals, Tarantino fans were left in the dark about who would be portraying Manson—until now. The Wrap announced Damon Herriman will be taking on the iconic role.
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Herriman is best known for a recurring role on Justified. He also appeared on a 2011 episode of Breaking Bad as Scary Skell, a meth thief who gets knocked out by a bong wielded by Jesse Pinkman.
Rumer Willis, Dreama Walker, Margaret Qualley, Costa Ronin, Victoria Pedretti and Madisen Beaty have also just been added to the cast. Willis will play British actress Joanna Pettet, and Walker will play actress/singer Connie Stevens. Ronin will appear as actor Voytek Frykowski who was one of Manson’s victims at Roman Polanski’s home.
The film stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead roles. As previously reported, DiCaprio is set to play Rick Dalton, a “former star of a western TV series,” while Pitt will play Cliff Booth, who is Dalton’s “longtime stunt double.” The two characters are “struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor… Sharon Tate.”
Charles Manson, who died back in November, was the leader of the Manson Family, a murderous cult who were connected with the murders of actress Tate, who was pregnant at the time, and six others in Los Angeles during July and August of 1969.
Margot Robbie will be taking on the role of Tate, marking her second time working with DiCaprio after 2013’s The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Last week, it was announced Lena Dunham, Austin Butler, Maya Hawke, and Lorenza Izzo were joining the cast. They join previously announced Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch and several others.
The film was scheduled to be released on Aug. 9, 2019, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the murders of Sharon Tate and her friends by Manson’s followers, but has since been moved forward two weeks to July 26, 2019 to avoid possible controversy.