Burt Reynolds was previously cast in the role before he died on Sept. 6. Reynolds had not shot his scenes before his death. With the help of producer Atit Shah and director Martin Rosete currently shooting “Remember Me” in Spain, Dern will leave that production early to take on the role.
Tarantino has said that “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” wouldn’t be based on Tate’s murder, but would use it as the backdrop for the story of a past-his-prime actor (DiCaprio) and his stuntman (Pitt) looking for one last big break in a Hollywood that left them behind.
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