The Official ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Trailer Is Finally Here

22 May 2019
Culture, Film, Cannes Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino
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The new footage was released ahead of the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last night

As the trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood tells you, it’s the ninth film from acclaimed movie director Quentin Tarantino. And yes, it’s set to be another epic masterpiece by the king of black comedy.

Set in 1969 Los Angeles, it contains all the classic Tarantino tropes: satire, violence, and the writer-director’s repertory company of actors that include Michael Madsen and Tim Roth who both make their fourth onscreen appearances in a Tarantino film.

In another same-but-different move, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt – who, before this, each had a major role in a different Tarantino film – finally appear together as leads. And now, following the official trailer release at Cannes, we finally get a further glimpse into the storyline and gather some idea of just how this one might play out. Here’s what we do know.

DiCaprio stars as actor Rick Dalton, who’s struggling to make the transition to movies following a career acting in a television Western (again, Westerns are a favourite theme of Tarantino's: see the director's previous release, 2015's The Hateful Eight, and his 2012 hit before that, Django Unchained). With his long-time stunt double and best friend Cliff Booth (Pitt), the two try to make a name for themselves in the changing lanscape that's La La Land.

The film’s official website adds that the movie “features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.” And that’s the Tarantino-esque sweet spot: In the trailer, we see Margot Robbie portraying IRL up-and-coming actress Sharon Tate, who fell victim to members of the Manson family, as Dalton’s neighbour. And we're guessing this crossover is where things will start to go awry.

Not that we expected it to but the trailer didn’t reveal too much about the plot, but Tarantino does just enough to have us anticipating a truly entertaining film. In what is no doubt a deliberately self-referential exchange between Dalton and Al Pacino’s character, Marvin Schwarzs, the two casually discuss the aestheticisation of violence in the entertainment industry.

“All the shooting,” says Schwarzs, while he imitates a gun and the trailer switches to scenes of Dalton’s movie characters engaging in numerous gun acts. “I love that stuff, you know the killing,” adds Schwarzs, to which Dalton simply responds: “A lot of killing,” with a shrug and a self-effacing smile on his face.

We also see the late Luke Perry's character in the film's trailer, the last movie the Beverly Hills, 90210 actor starred in before his death in March.

See the trailer below. And get ready for July, 26 when the film hits cinemas.