Quentin Tarantino has offered some new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood character details specifically in regards to the roles played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

The new Tarantino flick has a stacked cast, but DiCaprio, Pitt and Margot Robbie are likely to get the most attention. Robbie is playing real-life figure Sharon Tate, and we already know a lot about her. But what of the characters portrayed by DiCaprio and Pitt? According to Tarantino, DiCaprio’s character is a self-pitying has-been, and Pitt plays “one of the deadliest guys alive.”Tarantino dropped some brief teases about his new characters. The film’s protagonist, Rick Dalton, is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who earned acclaim for playing the villain in Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” Dalton had a successful career starring on a western television series, but he’s struggling to make it as a movie star. We also know that the filmmaker has assembled an incredible cast to bring his vision to life, and some of these actors are playing real-life figures. But what of the fictional individuals that sprung from Tarantino’s brain? Especially our two leads, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt? It’s been reported that DiCaprio is playing a washed-up Western TV star named Rick Dalton, and Pitt is his longtime friend and stuntman Cliff Booth.

The movie, which is Tarantino’s ninth directorial, is based on the murder of actor Sharon Tate and three others at the hands of the Manson Family cult. It features DiCaprio, 44, as Rick Dalton, ageing, out-of-work actor, with Pitt, 55, playing his longtime stunt double named Cliff Booth. The two characters happen to be the neighbours of Tate, essayed by Margot Robbie in the film. “He could kill you with a spoon, a piece of paper or a business card. Consequently, he is a rather Zen dude who is troubled by very little,” he added. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, also featuring Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis, Bruce Dern, Emile Hirsch and the late Luke Perry, is slated to be released in the US on July 26.