Confirmation of the duo’s reunion came in a report published by Deadline on Thursday, which revealed that Pitt has signed on to the film. Which role he’ll be playing is still unknown, but last year it was revealed that Tarantino was looking for a “new leading man” in the “35-year-old ballpark” for the leading role, so it’s unlikely that Pitt will take on that part.
So far, what we know about The Movie Critic is that it will take place in California in 1977, with a plot following a “a guy who really lived, but was never really famous, and he used to write movie reviews for a porno rag,” as Tarantino told Deadline last year. Inspiration for the project stems from one of the director’s early jobs: loading porn magazines into a vending machine.
Perhaps an indication of the film’ tone, Tarantino recalled, “the porno rag critic was very, very funny. He was very rude, you know. He cursed. He used racial slurs. But his shit was really funny. He was as rude as hell.”
Previously, the Pitt-Tarantino combo has been a successful one. In 2009, Pitt starred in Inglourious Basterds, earning him a SAG Award. Then, in 2019, he appeared as Leonardo DiCaprio’s charming stunt double in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.