Her profile is currently on the rise, having starred as Jo March in last year's adaptation of Little Women, and having joined Stranger Things for the upcoming season 3.
However, her casting in Tarantino's latest, as reported by Deadline, comes in the shadow of Thurman's allegations from earlier this year, in which she claimed the director persuaded her into driving a car that she’d deemed too unstable to drive – a “death box”, in her own words – to create Kill Bill: Volume 2’s opening sequence.
The stunt ended in her hospitalisation when the car crashed into a tree, leaving her with lifelong injuries. Tarantino responded by calling his decision “the biggest regret of my life”, with Thurman herself later defending the director and blaming the film's producers, including Harvey Weinstein, for what she called a cover-up of "malicious intent".
Hawke will also be joined on the film by Girls creator Lena Dunham, alongside Austin Butler and Lorenza Izzo, in what's swiftly developing into a gargantuan ensemble cast.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set in 1969 Los Angeles and follows struggling stars Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) who tap up their famous next-door neighbour for a helping hand – Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).
The film is also set to star (and breathe) Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Scoot McNairy, Zoë Bell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, James Marsden, Julia Butters, James Remar, Martin Kove, Brenda Vaccaro, Nichole Galicia, Craig Stark, Marco Rodríguez, Ramón Franco and Raul Cardona.
Add to that Clifton Collins Jr., Keith Jefferson, Nicholas Hammond, Spencer Garrett, Mike Moh, Eddie Perez, and Maurice Compte.
Safe to say, Tarantino next outing looks to be one of his most ambitious yet.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be released 9 August 2019.
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