Leonardo DiCaprio accepts role in Tarantino’s Charles Manson film

Leonardo DiCaprio has accepted a starring role in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film as director, and is expected to close the deal soon, according to Deadline. The actor and director have previously collaborated on Django Unchained [2012].

The yet-unnamed film, already slated for release on August 9, 2019, will center around cult leader and convicted murderer Charles Manson. Margot Robbie has been tapped to play actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered in the summer of 1969 (while pregnant) by Manson’s followers.

The gruesome story of Manson’s crimes resurfaced in the cultural zeitgeist recently, when he died in prison on November 19, 2017, shortly after his 83rd birthday, and will surely do so again in classically gore-filled Tarantino fashion.