Sony has released the trailer for Quentin Tarantino's latest film, entitled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and it boasts star power, iconic music from the 1960s, as well as the signature camera pans, close-ups and dialogue you've come to expect from a Tarantino film.
The teaser begins with the film's stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, in a black-and-white interview on the set of the fake Western television series Bounty Law. DiCaprio plays actor Rick Dalton and Pitt plays Cliff Booth, who fills in as Rick's stunt double. As a throwback, the teaser also features an old school Columbia Pictures logo to remind audiences that the film takes place in the '60s.
Margot Robbie also stars in the film as Sharon Tate, and she is seen dancing with a trippy, spinning background evocative of such shows as Laugh-In. Footage of the Cinerama Theatre, the Pussycat Theatre and dancing Playboy Bunnies roots the audience in the genre and Tarantino's vision of this period piece. Alternating between iconic '60s imagery of flower children and shots from Bounty Law, it looks like Tarantino is able to make several films at once, contrasting the colorful period with the dusty, monochromatic landscape featured in the fictional Western.
Tarantino's projects often sport an incredible soundtrack, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives us a potential preview of the film's playlist. Featured in the trailer is Straight Shooter by The Mamas and the Papas, as well as Bring a Little Lovin' by Los Bravos.
Mike Moh, who previously played Triton in The Inhumans, makes an appearance as an extremely convincing Bruce Lee, who proclaims to Pitt's character that his fists are lethal weapons. It's followed by a quick fight scene between a t-shirt-wearing Bruce Lee and a tuxedo-wearing Cliff Booth.
One of the highlights arrives at the 1:04 mark, featuring DiCaprio smoking a cigarette while dancing with two girls. He's got a wonderfully smug look on his face that's practically a shoo-in for the next great meme of 2019.
The trailer makes it very clear that this is the ninth film by Tarantino, which is notable because he claims he'll retire after directing 10. Time will tell if this is true, but he has also used some creative math to possibly push the number past 10. For example, Tarantino considers the two volumes of Kill Bill to be one film, and his long-gestating Star Trek movie may not count, either, since the property isn't something he originally created.
Written, directed, and produced by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Tim Roth, Zoe Bell, Michael Madsen, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning. It is scheduled for release on Aug. 19, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca murders.