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New Trailer For “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” Drops As Quentin Tarantino’s Ninth Film Debuts At Cannes

As you’re reading this, the Cannes Film Festival is revealing Quentin Tarantino’s latest opus for the first time. Yes, the initial word on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is impending. To coincide with that, Sony Pictures has releases a new Trailer, this one a full look at the flick, after putting out a Teaser two months ago. Arguably no movie is more hotly anticipated than this one, so Cannes will only elevate that to a fever pitch. You can see the Full Trailer at the bottom of this post. Trust me when I say, this film looks really good. In fact, this will only make you more anxious to see it, which is saying something.

Once again, the movie is of course the ninth one by Tarantino. We now have an official plot synopsis to share: “Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.” As Rick and Cliff navigate 60’s era Tinseltown, changes are coming, partly in the former of the mysterious Charles Manson (Damon Herriman). At the same time, the duo happen to have an up and coming movie star for a neighbor. Who? Well, it’s none other than Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Of course, Tarantino writes and directs here, with an incredibly ensemble supporting cast joining him. Who does he have this time around? Well, just a sampling includes Zoë Bell, Austin Butler, Clifton Collins Jr., Bruce Dern, Lena Dunham, Dakota Fanning, Clu Gulager, Emile Hirsch, Lorenza Izzo, Damien Lewis, Michael Madsen, James Marsden, Scoot McNairy, Timothy Olyphant, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Margaret Qualley, James Remar, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Harley Quinn Smith, Danny Strong, and Rumor Willis, among many others. Robert Richardson provides the cinematography once again for QT.

Much like with the Teaser Trailer back in March, this full Trailer makes the movie look like something only Tarantino could have dreamed up and brought to the big screen. While the Teaser mostly set the stage for what’s to come, this longer look showcases some more of the plot, particularly in terms of where DiCaprio’s Rick and Pitt’s Cliff will be headed over the course of the running time. We again get a lot of interesting looking visuals, but tied in with a bit of plot, which makes sense considering how reviews are about to hit tonight out of Cannes. To reiterate, DiCaprio looks like he’s having a blast, and so does Robbie, in the slightly extended look we get of her here. Pitt appears a bit stoic, but we’re only still being first introduced to their characters. Mostly, this is about the mood of Hollywood in the 1960’s, which QT seems to have captured brilliantly. This could very well be an awards juggernaut in the making, depending on the impending reviews.

In terms of Oscars, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has to be considered one of the biggest Academy Award players out there. On its face, it has literally everything a voter could ask for. Sony made a big splash landing this one, so expect a huge campaign to be mounted for it. Best Picture, Best Director (for Tarantino), Best Actor (for DiCaprio and/or Pitt), Best Actress (for Robbie, if she doesn’t go Supporting), Best Supporting Actor (for Pitt, if he doesn’t go Lead), Best Supporting Actress (for Robbie, if she doesn’t go Lead), and Best Original Screenplay (also for Tarantino) is just the start. Besides other members of the ensemble potentially shining, there’s Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects. Without question, this could be looking at double digit nominations if all goes well. Right now, my predictions have it as one of the ones to beat…

More to come soon. In the meantime, here now is the latest Trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood:

Stay tuned for more on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, both following its festival bow and as its summer release date approaches!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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