Exclusive: Leonardo DiCaprio Reteaming With Quentin Tarantino For Final Movie

We've learned that Leonardo DiCaprio will appear in Quentin Tarantino's final feature film.

By Michileen Martin | Updated

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We still don’t know what the director’s final film will be, but we know of one of the stars who will appear. Our trusted and proven sources have told us that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s final movie. Whether or not it will be the long-rumored Kill Bill 3 or something else has yet to be revealed.

For some time now, Tarantino has vowed to end his feature directorial career with his tenth film, though last we heard the director hadn’t chosen anything, and everything from Kill Bill 3 to Star Trek 4 was in the running. The latter of those two has since been put to bed, and now that we’ve learned Leonardo DiCaprio will be in the feature, it would seem to suggest Kill Bill 3 isn’t Quentin Tarantino’s most likely choice. While DiCaprio’s romantic partners may be on the younger side, the actor will turn 49 years old this year and — unlike David Carradine when he appeared in the Kill Bill films — doesn’t have a lot of experience playing martial arts masters.

That doesn’t completely discount the notion of Kill Bill 3. Tarantino’s films are known to be ensemble affairs and while Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t tend to play second fiddle to other stars, for the Oscar-winning Quentin Tarantino, The Revenant star might make an exception. He could play a supporting character who doesn’t need to throw any fancy kicks like Michael Parks or Julie Dreyfus in the first film.

Regardless of what part he plays in the film, Leonardo DiCaprio is fated to be given high praise in any mention of the career of Quentin Tarantino, particularly when it comes to the second half of the director’s time behind the camera. DiCaprio’s first time in a Tarantino feature was in the director’s seventh film, 2012’s Django Unchained. DiCaprio played hard against type as the film’s chief villain — the unapologetically sadistic and racist plantation owner Calvin Candie from whom Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. Schultz (Christoph Waltz) seek to liberate Broomhilda (Kerry Washington).

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Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Leonardo DiCaprio worked with Quentin Tarantino in the director’s latest feature, 2019’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This time DiCaprio played the protagonist Rick Dalton, a 1950s TV star who finds his celebrity fading at the twilight of the 1960s. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood found both DiCaprio and Tarantino nominated for Oscars (Tarantino for 3), though sadly neither won in their various categories.

We’d like to tell you we have an idea about when we’ll get to see Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s final film, but judging by the intervals between his previous movies, it’s impossible to even guess. This July will mark four years since the wide theatrical release of Tarantino’s ninth film, and a quick glance at IMDb tells us that the longest interval between his releases so far is six years (between 1997’s Jackie Brown and 2003’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1). As soon as we know more, we’ll make sure you do too.