Writer and director Quentin Tarantino is back -- and he brought some old friends with him. With the newly released trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the filmmaker's highly anticipated look at the movie business in the late 1960s, we get our first official look at the behind-the-scenes tale, which stars Brad Pitt, who headlined 2009's war epic Inglourious Basterds, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in 2012's revisionist western Django Unchained. Obviously, the new movie won't be lacking in star power.
In addition to Pitt and DiCaprio, Hollywood will also feature Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski who was murdered by Charles Manson's Manson Family cult. You might not guess that grisly detail from the trailer, which emphasizes the jokes, the costumes, and the dancing as it sets up the basics of the plot. DiCaprio plays struggling TV western actor Rick Dalton, who hopes to break into movies along with his stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Since this is a Tarantino movie, the journey to the big screen probably doesn't go smoothly.
Though this is a quick, breezy trailer, it does an effective job of setting up the world of 1969 backlots and establishing an arch, goofy tone. (The first gag in the trailer has Pitt talking about carrying DiCaprio's "load.") It's also worth pouring over for possible glimpses of other members of the cast, which includes Bruce Dern, Damian Lewis, Al Pacino, Mike Moh, Emile Hirsch, Lena Dunham, Luke Perry, Nicholas Hammond, Michael Madsen, Scoot McNairy, Dakota Fanning, Tim Roth, Rafał Zawieruch, and probably dozens more. There will be cameos.
At the very least, the trailer is a step above the posters that were released earlier this week and immediately became a topic of ridicule online. (The most widespread criticism was that the one below resembled the How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days poster.) After this trailer, you probably won't remember the posters very much.