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Quentin Tarantino asks Cannes audience not to spoil 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'


Quentin Tarantino has urged the audience of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival not to spoil the plot of his new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The film, which was finished in rapid time by Tarantino in order to squeeze in a world premiere Cannes, tells the tale of TV actor Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth who embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Charles Manson murders in 1969 Los Angeles.

The film synopsis reads: “A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.”

As Tarantino’s latest effort hits the big screen, the director penned a personal letter to its first audience in which he asks them to remain tight-lipped. “I love cinema. You love cinema. It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time,” Tarantino begins in his letter. “I’m thrilled to be here in Cannes to share Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with the festival audience,” he adds.

He continued: “The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way. Thank you.”

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Dalton and Brad Pitt takes on Cliff Booth. Margot Robbie will be playing the role of Sharon Tate, the model and film star wife of Roman Polanski who was murdered in her home by the Manson family on 8 August 1969. Other high-profile names like, Dakota Fanning will be Squeaky Fromme, Al Pacino as Marvin Shwarz.

On top of that, Emile Hirsch, Luke Perry, Julia Butters, Damian Lewis, Keith Jefferson, Clifton Collins Jr. and Nicholas Hammond will also be included.

Here’s the official trailer: