Bruce Dern to replace late pal Burt Reynolds in Tarantino film

Actor Bruce Dern will replace his friend Burt Reynolds in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Reynolds died suddenly earlier this month (Sep18), before he could shoot his role as ranch owner George Spahn in the star-studded fi…

Actor Bruce Dern will replace his friend Burt Reynolds in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Reynolds died suddenly earlier this month (Sep18), before he could shoot his role as ranch owner George Spahn in the star-studded film, and now Deadline sources have confirmed the Nebraska actor has stepped in to take over.

The film will be Dern’s third with Tarantino – he also starred in the director’s The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained.

The veteran joins Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Lena Dunham, among others in the new film, which is set in the summer of 1969 against the backdrop of the notorious Manson Family murders.

Cult leader Charles Manson and his followers stunned the world with a killing spree that included the massacre of pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

Dern’s character Spahn turned his Los Angeles ranch into a movie location for westerns before Manson convinced him to let himself and his followers use the place as their headquarters. In exchange for rent, the cult leader persuaded his female followers to sleep with the blind ranch owner and serve as his guides on the property.

The Deadline sources claim Dern is currently shooting Remember Me in Spain for director Martin Rosete, but he’ll leave the production to film his part in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.

Bruce and Burt were longtime friends and appeared together in 2003 TV western Hard Ground.

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Al Pacino joins Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Da…

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who are trying to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

On Thursday (07Jun18), Variety reported that Pacino is joining the film too and is set to take on the role of Dalton’s agent, Marvin Shwarz. No other details about his character have been announced but the film will mark the first time he has worked with Tarantino.

The Hollywood veteran, known for his performances in The Godfather and Scent of a Woman, recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s mob drama The Irishman, which also stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

Pacino’s casting news comes shortly after a string of high-profile names were attached to star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Also joining the cast is Margot Robbie as murdered actress Sharon Tate, Burt Reynolds as ranch owner George Spahn, Damian Lewis as iconic actor Steve McQueen and Dakota Fanning in the part of Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Emile Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Luke Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer.

Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker and Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles, while Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are also set to appear.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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Director Doug Liman in talks for The Cannonball Run remake

Filmmaker Doug Liman is in talks to remake Burt Reynolds’ classic action comedy The Cannonball Run for a new generation of fans. The Bourne Identity director is in the early stages of negotiations with Warner Bros. studio bosses, who have been trying …

Filmmaker Doug Liman is in talks to remake Burt Reynolds’ classic action comedy The Cannonball Run for a new generation of fans.

The Bourne Identity director is in the early stages of negotiations with Warner Bros. studio bosses, who have been trying to get the project off the ground since 2016.

Get Hard’s Etan Cohen had initially been approached to write and direct the film, but when he dropped out, they turned to Central Intelligence’s Rawson Thurber last year (17) to step behind the camera for the reboot, with Night at the Museum screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant expected to pen the movie.

Now Liman is said to be circling the project, according to Deadline.com.

The original 1981 release starred Reynolds alongside Roger Moore, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Chan, and Farrah Fawcett, and chronicled the adventures of a real-life illegal cross-country car race. It was directed by Hal Needham.

The Cannonball Run spawned two more sequels – Cannonball Run II in 1984 and 1989’s Speed Zone, which starred John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Brooke Shields.

Liman is currently busy working on upcoming sci-fi movie Chaos Walking, which is said to require major reshoots ahead of its planned release in March, 2019.

The film, featuring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, is based on Patrick Ness’ young adult novel The Knife of Never Letting Go from his Chaos Walking trilogy, and is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

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