Margot Robbie to Play Sharon Tate in Tarantino’s Manson Film

It appears director Quentin Tarantino‘s mysterious Manson Family film has cast its Sharon Tate.

Australian actress Margot Robbie is in negotiations to play Tate, the Hollywood actress viciously killed by cult leader Charles Manson‘s followers in 1969, Deadline reports. The role would be the latest career high for Robbie, whose turn as disgraced American figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress this year.

Robbie would be joining Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the film, titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

“The film is a Pulp Fiction-esque tapestry set in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood, around the time of the murder of Tate and several others in a killing spree ordered by Charles Manson,” according to Deadline. DiCaprio will play the character Rick Dalton, a faded star of Western films trying to make his comeback. Pitt will play Dalton’s longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth. In the film, Dalton is neighbours with Tate.

Other details about the film have been kept under wraps. However, Jennifer Lawrence was said to have previously been in talks for the role of Tate.

Tate’s real-life sister, Debra, heavily criticised Lawrence’s rumoured involvement, saying the Red Sparrow star wasn’t “pretty enough” to play her sister.

“Not that I have anything against her, but she’s not pretty enough to play Sharon,” Debra told TMZ last year. “And that’s a horrible thing to say, but I have my standards.”

Debra also recently bashed a different film, which stars actress Hilary Duff, about her sister’s horrifying death.

“It doesn’t matter who it is acting in it – it’s just tasteless,” Debra told People in April. “It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”

On August 9, 1969, the 26-year-old Sharon, eight months pregnant with her first child with husband Roman Polanski, was stabbed repeatedly inside her home, her blood used by Manson’s followers to write on the walls.

Sharon’s former boyfriend and hairstylist Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent were also stabbed to death on that tragic night.