“Look down at me and you see a fool. Look up at me and you see a god. Look straight at me and you see yourself,” infamous homicidal mastermind Charles Manson once intoned. But Quentin Tarantino looked at the man who wanted to bring about a race war with the murders of the affluent class and saw Damon Herriman. The Australian actor, who had a recurring role on FX’s Justified, was cast as Manson in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, the director’s upcoming ninth movie set amidst the Manson family murder spree, according to Variety.
Tarantino’s film will focus on a fading TV western star Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, respectively, as they age into the changing landscape that was the 1960s. The pair live next door to Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie, the rising starlet who was married to Roman Polanski, being played by Rafal Zawierucha.
The film, which is set in 1969 Los Angeles, has been attracting A-list players and Hollywood legends like Al Pacino and Burt Reynolds. On Justified, Herriman played Dewey Crowe, a criminal and White Supremacist, as well as inhabiting feature rules in films like House of Wax, Battle Creek and Breaking Bad.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood also boasts Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, James Marsden, Emile Hirsch, Lena Dunham, Mike Moh, Luke Perry and Damian Lewis in roles. They are joined by the newly cast Rumer Willis (Empire), who will play actress Joanna Pettet; Dreama Walker (Compliance, Don’t Trust The B* In Apt 23) as singer Connie Stevens, and Costa Ronin (The Americans) who plays actor Voytek Frykowski. Mike Moh was recently cast as martial arts expert and actor Bruce Lee.
Besides the real life characters the story is told through, Tarantino also cast Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), Madisen Beaty (The Fosters) and Victoria Pedretti in the fictional roles Kitty Kit, Katie and Lulu. Clu Gulager, James Landry Hébert and Better Things star Mikey Madison also have roles in the film.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is scheduled to hit theaters on July 26, 2019. You can read everything else there is to know about it here.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.