Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

Variety is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio has been confirmed to be starring in Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie. The film, which is based on the Manson family murders and set in the late 1960s/ early 1970s, will go into production in the summer. It will be the actor’s first lead role since his Oscar-winning turn in The Revenant.

The trade says that Tarantino is also actively pursuing Al Pacino to appear in the film, while Tom Cruise is also reportedly still favoured for a role.

The plot for the as yet untilted motion picture was revealed towards the end of last year.

Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his 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.

The budget for the film currently stands at around $100 million, so say previous reports. A shoot is set for June with Sony Pictures gearing up to release the film in 2019.