The announcement of a new Quentin Tarantino film is always an exciting thing, and the Pulp Fiction director's latest sounds suitably ambitious.
Titled 1969 the movie was initially thought to be focused on notorious serial killer Charles Manson, whose crimes turned that particular year into one of infamy. However the scope of Tarantino's script looks to have widened, encompassing the cultural impact of the year as a whole. ("It's not Charles Manson, it's 1969," Tarantino advised at a recent awards brunch, reports Indiewire.)
With the script completed the Oscar-winning filmmaker is currently in the process of pitching it to the big studios – Deadline reports a fierce bidding war amid news that Harry Potter and Paddington producer David Heyman is now involved, replacing the disgraced Harvey Weinstein.
And that leads us neatly onto the question of casting. Rumour has it that Mission: Impossible superstar Tom Cruise is in talks to star in the movie, and if the prospect of the A-lister barking out Tarantino's spittle-inflected invective isn't exciting then we don't know what is. (Consider his hilariously foul-mouthed turn in Tropic Thunder as a dry run.)
With that in mind, we wondered, who else deserves to get a Tarantino career makeover? After all he's celebrated for rejuvenating careers, most famously with the ailing John Travolta whose Pulp Fiction role shot him back to superstardom. We've picked five choices...
He's still a big name but time hasn't been kind to Johnny recently, with a string of movie duds and personal travails souring his image. Although he was effectively creepy as the victim in the recent Murder on the Orient Express we want to see him get another seriously juicy role that reminds us of his 1990s heyday, and we're sure that Tarantino's affection for miscreants and oddballs will mesh brilliantly with Depp's penchant for playing total weirdos.
The Ace Ventura actor was everywhere in the 1990s, the decade's biggest comic star who was famous for his rubber-faced mugging in the likes of The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. Yet Carrey is not only hilariously funny but a terrific actor too, as the likes of The Truman Show, Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind proved.
More's the pity that he's gone relatively quiet in recent years, reinventing himself as an artist whilst making the odd appearance in movies that failed to utilise him properly (Kick-Ass 2). Tarantino would surely be the one to harness Carrey's brash physical energy and turn it into something potentially shocking, dangerous and revolutionary.
Tarantino likes to cast off-the-peg, digging into his memory bank and offering plum roles to actors of a certain vintage who have maybe fallen by the wayside. Enter Val: a massive star in the eighties and nineties off the back of Top Secret!, Top Gun, The Doors, Batman Forever and Heat, his career has since been a bit lukewarm, bar a brief triumphant resurrection in Shane Black's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
If anyone can tap into Val's latent potential and versatility Tarantino is that director. (He did in fact star in 1993's Tarantino-scripted True Romance as Elvis Presley, which may boost his chances.)
Now here's something you may not have known: Smith was actually offered the lead role in Tarantino's race-fuelled blaxploitation Western Django Unchained but turned it down, the part instead going to Jamie Foxx.
Poor career move? There's no denying that it could potentially have made up for a string of recent unremarkable roles – Will is such an insanely charismatic presence that we wonder how he would have channelled the righteous anger of the title character. Should Tarantino come calling again Smith ought to reconsider and work with a director who has the potential to see him as more than just the Fresh Prince.
It's always fascinating watching an actor best known for comedy going dark and twisted on screen. Robin Williams did it in Insomnia and One Hour Photo and Sandler himself has shown flashes of dramatic potential, most recently in the acclaimed The Meyerowitz Stories on Netflix.
Here is somebody who is calling out for a bold filmmaker to utilise his explosive rage, usually reserved for forgettable comic performances, in the context of a proper story. It's happened before – in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch Drunk Love – and we'd love to see Tarantino put his own spin on such a scenario.
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