The Plot of Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Murders Movie Has Been Revealed

“It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969.”

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Just as news of the death of Charles Manson broke, the plot for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth movie—rumored to center on the crazed cult leader and murderer—has been revealed.

Everyone’s calling it his “Manson Movie,” but that’s not the full story. Tarantino dispelled these rumors last week at an industry event when he announced, “It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969.”

Vanity Fair, by offering the movie’s first synopsis, just clarified what he meant:

Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.

It’s already known Tarantino has his eyes on Margot Robbie for the role of slain starlet Sharon Tate (sorry, Jennifer Lawrence). Now, Vanity Fair also reports that Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are in talks for leading roles.

The budget for the movie, which was just acquired by Sony after Tarantino’s split from The Weinstein Company (for obvious reasons), has been set at around $100 million. 

The movie will begin filming in June in Los Angeles, which will see Tarantino back on his home turf—after trips to Japan, the Old West, and Nazi-occupied France.

No official title has been announced.

h/t The Film Stage