Roman Polanski Will Be A Key Character In Tarantino's New Movie

Details about Tarantino's next film are coming through slowly but surely. It's been known for some time that the movie, set to start Leonardo DiCaprio, will be based around the Manson 'family' murders and the various events of 1969.

We also knew that the death of Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate, who was killed by one of the cult leader's 'disciples' while eight months' pregnant, was to be a main focus point of the flick. Given that information, it's no great surprise to learn that the director will be a central character in what will be Tarantino's ninth feature.

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As Justin Kroll from Variety revealed via Twitter, no one has yet been cast in the role but Tarantino is apparently looking for an "authentic Polish thesp[ian]" for the part. Roman Polanski has been living in exile from Hollywood since being arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. The choice to make him a major character in a movie is therefore a thoroughly controversial one – even more so in the #MeToo era.

The journalist also shed more light on the role of Leonardo DiCaprio, who will be playing an out-of-work actor living next door to Sharon Tate. It remains to be seen how closely Tarantino will be sticking to real-life events. Production has not yet begun on the movie, which is set for release on the 50th anniversary of Tate's death on August 9 2019.