Jennifer Jason Leigh, the actor that was once nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the 2015 movie The Hateful Eight, is once again teaming up with Quentin Tarantino. This time though, she’s taking on a new role, helming the narration of the director’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood audiobook.
The 224-page novel, which is arriving for sale on June 29th, is said to come with an accompanying audiobook which is 11 hours long: “Quentin Tarantino’s long-awaited first work of fiction — at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal – is the always surprising, sometimes shocking new novel based on his Academy Award-winning film,” the book synopsis reads.
Adding: “Rick Dalton: Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick’s a washed-up villain-of-the week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it? Cliff Booth: Rick’s stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he’s the only one there who might have gotten away with murder. Sharon Tate: She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream, and found it. Sharon’s salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills. Charles Manson: The ex-con’s got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he’s their spiritual leader, but he’d trade it all to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. Hollywood 1969: you shoulda been there.”
The plans for Jennifer Jason Leigh to narrate the audiobook arrives after Tarantino signed a new two-book deal, which includes the novel version of his 2019 film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
“In the seventies, movie novelisations were the first adult books I grew up reading,” Tarantino said off the project. “And to this day I have a tremendous amount of affection for the genre. So as a movie-novelization aficionado, I’m proud to announce ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ my contribution to this often marginalized, yet beloved sub-genre in literature. I’m also thrilled to further explore my characters and their world in a literary endeavor that can (hopefully) sit alongside its cinematic counterpart.”
The news has been hinted at for a while by the acclaimed director who has talked extensively about being set to walk away from filmmaking altogether with early retirement and previously revealed his next big project is to finish the current novel he is working on. While he had hinted that his novel would be World War II inspired, Tarantino still has Hollywood in his mind and said he was “thinking a lot” about a potential novelisation of his most recent film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood when he appeared on the recent Pure Cinema podcast back in April.
“I hadn’t thought about that until recently,” he added. “But now I’m thinking a lot about it. I might be writing a novelisation to Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” He also previously said while speaking as part of a Popcorn with Peter Travers interview: “I kind of feel this is the time for the third act [of my life] to just lean a little bit more into the literary, which would be good as a new father, as a new husband.”