once upon a time in hollywood cast james marsden

Another day, another casting announcement for Quentin Tarantino‘s star-studded Manson Family summer flick Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWestworld actor James Marsden is the latest addition to the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood cast. But who is he playing?

At this rate, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is turning into Quentin Tarantino’s Infinity War. The cast is so stacked that I don’t even know how Tarantino is going to find room for all of them, but I’m sure he’ll do his best. Variety reports that Westworld and Sonic the Hedgehog star James Marsden has just snagged a part in the film, along with young actress Julia Butters.

Variety’s Justin Kroll noted on Twitter that while we know who almost every other cast member is playing in the film, there’s no word on who Marsden is playing. In fact, the studio asked that Marsden’s role not be revealed.

Kroll also points out that it will be a small role, but why all the mystery? Could it be that Marsden is playing Manson? Let’s speculate! We know that Charles Manson is going to be in the film in some capacity – the film is set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, with the Manson Family murders lurking in the background. Several figures from Manson’s life have already been cast – Burt Reynolds is playing George Spahn, the man who rented his ranch out to Manson, and Dakota Fanning is playing Manson Family disciple Squeaky Fromme. Manson has to figure into the film as a character in some capacity, and Marsden might fit the part. He’s a bit older than Manson was at the time – the actor is 44, and Manson was 35. But Marsden has a youthful appearance that might get around that age gap.

Of course, it’s also possible that Marsden is playing a completely different character that is being kept secret for plot purposes. Who knows! Julia Butters’ part isn’t being revealed either, but seeing as she’s about 11-years-old, it’s safe to assume she’s not playing Charles Manson. Unless she is! What a twist!

And now here’s the part of the story where I provide you with the full, impressive cast list of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Cast

  • Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, a washed-up Western TV star struggling to stay relevant in Hollywood.
  • Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth, Rick’s longtime friend and stunt-double.
  • Al Pacino as Rick Dalton’s agent, Marvin Shwarz.
  • Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the actress who was murdered by members of Charles Manson’s cult. She also just happens to be Rick’s next door neighbor in the film.
  • Burt Reynolds as George Spahn, the man who rented his ranch out to Manson. (Learn more about Spahn here.)
  • Kurt RussellTim Roth, and Michael Madsen, all in currently undisclosed supporting roles.
  • Timothy Olyphant (maybe), in an undisclosed role.
  • Damian Lewis as actor Steve McQueen.
  • Dakota Fanning as Manson Family disciple Squeaky Fromme, who later tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford.
  • Nicholas Hammond as actor and director Sam Wanamaker.
  • Emile Hirsch as Manson Family victim Jay Sebring.
  • Luke Perry as Scotty Lancer, who may or may not be based on a television actor of the same name.
  • Clifton Collins Jr. as a character named  Ernesto The Mexican Vaquero.
  • Keith Jefferson as Land Pirate Keith.
  • James Marsden in an undisclosed role.
  • Julia Butters in an undisclosed role.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood opens on August 9, 2019.

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