It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood so the announcement of a number of new cast members comes as a welcome surprise. Tarantino has seen fit to name Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning to an already impressive cast list.

Also coming on board are Clifton Collins Jr, Keith Jefferson and Nicholas Hammond, who join previously announced arrivals of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth.

Lewis will play the iconic actor Steve McQueen; Fanning is set as Squeaky Fromme, the Manson disciple who later tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford; Hammond will play director Sam Wanamaker; and Hirsch is Jay Sebring, the Hollywood hairstylist who was one of four victims in the Tate murders on Cielo Drive.

Also in the news – Jamie Foxx cast as Spawn in Todd McFarlane’s directorial debut

The plot outline reads:

The story 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— 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 script is being compared to Pulp Fiction, taking Tarantino back to his heyday with a story that “has heart and a strong commercial appeal,”

The film, which is said to cost in the region of $100 Million, will be released worldwide on August 9, 2019. Opening on the 50th anniversary of the day that the Manson family committed the LaBianca murders and the day after Tate was killed.

The film has been scheduled for an August 9 2019 release.