Whenever Quentin Tarantino directs a film it usually generates Oscar buzz anticipation. For his upcoming “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” it has had unfortunate news among its slated cast. How will the deaths of both Luke Perry and Burt Reynolds affect the ultimate version seen by the audience?
Tarantino has chosen a story that rocked and terrified the Hollywood community: the murders of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, by followers of Charles Manson. The film is led by an all-star cast with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell and more. The death of Reynolds last September caused the director/writer to recast that role with Oscar nominee Bruce Dern (who then suffered an accident while jogging). Perry suddenly and shockingly died a few weeks ago at the age of 52 from a massive stroke and had already shot his scenes.
It remains to be seen who exactly Perry is playing in the film since he is billed as “Scott Lancer,” which was the name of the lead character on a TV show from the era. The character was played by actor Wayne Maunder, who was the next door neighbor of Tate. Whether Perry plays the fictional character or the real life actor Maunder differs depending on information on various internet sites. Dern will play George Spahn, the owner of the ranch where the Manson family lived while hatching their murderous plots.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will be Tarantino’s ninth film as a director and is slated for a U.S. premiere date of July 26. He has always stated he will direct 10 films then retire. Tarantino has won two Oscars for his writing of “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained” but his yet to win an Oscar as Best Director.
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