Brad Pitt Joins Quentin Tarantino for 'The Movie Critic, 'Director's Final Film?

Exploring the Genesis of Tarantino's Latest Cinematic Venture.

by Nouman Rasool
Brad Pitt Joins Quentin Tarantino for 'The Movie Critic, 'Director's Final Film?
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Hollywood is buzzing with excitement as Brad Pitt reunites with Quentin Tarantino for what is anticipated to be the iconic director's final cinematic masterpiece, "The Movie Critic." Set to grace the silver screen in 2025, this Sony production, with Stacey Sher at the helm as producer, marks the third collaboration between the acclaimed actor and the visionary filmmaker.

The duo previously joined forces in the Oscar-winning films "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (2019) and "Inglourious Basterds" (2009), showcasing a dynamic synergy that resonated with audiences and critics alike. Their work in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" garnered them each an Oscar in 2020, with Pitt taking home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Tarantino winning for Best Original Screenplay.

"The Movie Critic," while shrouded in mystery, has been teased by Tarantino himself. In a revealing conversation with Deadline at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, the director shared intriguing details about the film. Set in the year 1977, it revolves around a unique character - a film critic who penned reviews for an adult magazine.

This character, according to Tarantino, is based on a real but obscure critic who captured his attention during his teenage years.

Tarantino's Unique Muse

Tarantino's inspiration for this film stemmed from his own experiences stocking adult magazines in vending machines.

Among these publications, one in particular featured a film page that piqued the young Tarantino's interest. The critic, who wrote for this page, stood out for his snarky yet insightful reviews, drawing comparisons to an early Howard Stern or a cinematic version of Travis Bickle.

Originally, Tarantino believed that both Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio were too mature for the role, seeking an actor around the age of 35. However, recent developments suggest that extensive rewrites by Tarantino could pave the way for Pitt's involvement in a significant capacity.

Interestingly, Tarantino's 2021 novelization of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" breathed new life into Pitt's character, Cliff Booth, depicting him as a movie aficionado and confirming the rumor that he had killed his wife.

Fans speculate that Booth's rich character arc could seamlessly transition into the role of "The Movie Critic's" lead, a notion that resonates with Tarantino's penchant for retaining and evolving compelling characters across his films.

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