Quentin Tarantino has set his “The Hateful Eight” co-star Bruce Dern to play George Spahn in “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood,” the role that actor Burt Reynolds was going to play but sadly died before being able to film it.
Spahn was a near-blind 80-year-old man who rented out his L.A. ranch to be used as the location for Westerns. Manson convinced Spahn to allow him and his followers to live on the ranch, in the months before they murdered Tate and six others, in exchange for sex and serving as his seeing-eye guides.
Dern is currently filming “Remember Me” in Spain, but that film rearranged their schedule so Dern could leave that production to shoot “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood”. He joins a stellar cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Lena Dunham, Emile Hirsch, Luke Perry, Scoot McNairy and James Remar.
“Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” will be released July 26th next year.