Top image: still, ‘Eye of the Devil’ 1966 dir. J. Lee Thompson
Yesterday, Margot Robbie shared the first image of her as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino‘s new film, Once Upon a time in Hollywood, baring a striking resemblance to the late actor and wife of director Roman Polanski who was murdered by members of the Manson Family while eight and a half months pregnant at her home in 1969,
Robbie will play the role alongside an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds and Damian Lewis, with the movie set to be released on July 26th 2019, a few weeks shy of 50 years since the Manson murders in August 1969. Tarantino’s film is testament to an ensuring media sensation that has never really died; the Manson name lives on in infamy and the heinous acts of his followers continues to garner intrigue and morbid fascination.
DiCaprio will play former TV star Rick Dalton, neighbour of Tate, while Pitt plays his best friend and longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth, both of whom are struggling for success in what Tarantino termed, “the height of Hippy Hollywood”. The movie was due to be distributed by The Weinstein Company, the company Tarantino has worked with his entire career, but following the sexual abuse allegations, Sony Pictures announced they had secured the rights to the film late last year.