Early Rumblings from Cannes

Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

The lineup for the seventy-second edition of the Cannes Film Festival won’t be announced until next month, but there’ll be plenty of speculation over the coming weeks as to what’s in and what’s out. The Hollywood Reporter’s Gregg Kilday and Pamela McClintock are so sure that Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will see its premiere on the Croisette that they’re reporting on it as a done deal. They even suggest that a date has been set: May 21, “exactly twenty-five years to the day” after Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction premiered at Cannes and went on to win the Palme d’Or in 1994.

Kilday and McClintock do note that a spokesman for Sony has denied that the festival’s even offered an invitation. But IndieWire’s Zack Sharf has checked in with Cannes director Thierry Frémaux, who’s made it clear that, while he’d love to have Hollywood in the lineup, Tarantino is still “editing [and] working hard to be ready” on time. Set in Los Angeles in 1969, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a television star trying to break into movies, Brad Pitt as his stunt double, Al Pacino as his agent, and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate. For those curious as to how crucial Tate’s murder at the hands of the Manson Family will be to the story, there’s little to go on in the new trailer.

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