The first official teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood kicks off with a reporter interviewing Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Rick describes Cliff’s job as carrying some of his load during dangerous stunts, and Cliff agrees with that assessment. They share a smile before the trailer moves on to a dancing Sharon Tate, played by Oscar nominee Margot Robbie (I, Tonya).
Tarantino filled the teaser with lots of shots of the film’s version of Hollywood in the late 1960s, complete with hippies and Playboy Bunnies. Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) and his “family” are seen briefly, and the trailer features a long scene with Bruce Lee (played by Mike Moh) filming a fight scene with Rick Dalton. The teaser wraps up with a young girl whispering to Rick Dalton, “That was the best acting I’ve ever seen in my whole life,” a statement that brings tears to his eyes. It also leads us to wonder if this is the film that will snag Leonardo DiCaprio his second Oscar.
The cast of Quentin Tarantino’s comedy/drama also includes Al Pacino as Marvin Schwarzs, Dakota Fanning is Squeaky Fromme, Damian Lewis is Steve McQueen, Emile Hirsch plays Jay Sebring. Scoot McNairy is Business Bob Gilbert, Bruce Dern is George Spahn, Clifton Collins Jr is Ernesto The Mexican Vaquero, Costa Ronin plays Voytek Frykowski, and Nicholas Hammond is Sam Wanamaker. Timothy Olyphant, Tim Roth, Keith Jefferson, and Michael Madsen are also featured in the huge ensemble.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens in theaters on July 26, 2019.
“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. 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.”