The world was rocked recently when we learned of the passing of a truly wonderfully brilliant actor Burt Reynolds. He was a true salt of the earth actor who provided us with some of the greatest films ever made like Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance, and Boogie Nights, and his next role was going to be one for the record books. Reynolds was set to helm the role of George Spahn, in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Spahn, in real-life was the man who rented out his ranch in Los Angeles to Charles Manson and his cult where, reportedly, his pay was sexual relations with the female cult members.
With the tragic passing of Mr. Reynolds one question that rang through the minds of us Tarantino-ites was, “did Burt Reynolds film his role?” Sadly the answer was no. BUT. There is a shining light at the end of this seemingly bleak and sad tunnel–Reynolds was recast by none other than the tremendously fascinating, two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern (The Wild Angels, The Burbs, and Silent Running). Dern’s collaboration with Tarantino is fairly fresh starting with the terrifying plantation owner in Django Unchained (2012) and following that up with the untragically tragic General Sanford Smithers of The Hateful Eight (2015)
While everything about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood looks incredible from Tarantino turning Hollywood Boulevard into gorgeous 1960s Hollywood Boulevard, to the wonderful set pictures of Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Leonardo DiCaprio, Dern’s casting is a welcome addition. This film also stars Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Michael Madsen (making this his 4th Tarantino film), James Marsden, Zoe Bell, and many MANY more. The cast for this is just jaw-droppingly incredible. Tarantino’s 1960s Hollywood epic is set to be released July 26, 2019.