Tarantino has said the film is 'not [about] Charles Manson, it's 1969'

Quentin Tarantino is close to casting the first actor in his next project. Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in the director’s 2012 feature Django Unchained, is in talks to join the untitled film, EW has learned.

Deadline, which was the first to report the news, states DiCaprio will portray an aging actor in the film, which is set in the summer of 1969 when the Manson murders occurred.

Margot Robbie, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Samuel L. Jackson are among the actors reportedly circling roles. All Robbie would say of the matter when asked about it during a recent interview, however, was, “Nothing’s official… but I would kill to work with [Tarantino].”

Sony Pictures will debut the film on Aug. 9, 2019 — 50 years after the Manson family murdered actress Sharon Tate amid a three-day killing spree. Despite the Charles Manson elements to the story, Tarantino previously clarified, “It’s not [about] Charles Manson, it’s 1969.”

Vanity Fair, citing a source who read the Tarantino script, released a report last November with apparent plot details. The film is said to be “set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969” and focus “on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick — who’s also his stunt double — is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.”

This latest casting update follows DiCaprio’s first Oscar win for 2015’s The Revenant. He’s also set to star in The Black Hand, based on Stephan Talty’s book about the “Italian Sherlock Holmes,” in addition to a Leonardo Da Vinci biopic and Martin Scorsese’s Roosevelt biopic.