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Tarantino reunites with Brad Pitt for director’s final film – report

Actor to star in movie about 1970’s ‘porno rag’ film critic, which the award-winning filmmaker, who lives part of the year in Tel Aviv, says will be his last

Actor Brad Pitt, left, and director Quentin Tarantino pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actor Brad Pitt, left, and director Quentin Tarantino pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Star actor Brad Pitt is set to team up for a third time with Quentin Tarantino on what the acclaimed director has said will be his final film, Hollywood news blog Deadline reported Thursday.

“The Movie Critic,” Tarantino’s tenth film, will be set in 1970’s Los Angeles, with the titular critic “based on a guy who really lived, but was never really famous, and he used to write movie reviews for a porno rag,” The Guardian quoted Tarantino as saying.

It is unclear if Pitt will play the title role, which Tarantino has said he intends for “somebody in the 35-year-old ballpark” and “a new leading man for me,” though Deadline predicts that the 60-year-old star will indeed portray the eponymous critic.

Pitt has previously starred in two Tarantino films, “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019), with the latter winning the actor his first Oscar.

Tarantino is known to hold the actor in high regard: “He’s one of the last remaining big-screen movie stars. It’s just a different breed of man,” GQ has quoted the director on Pitt.

Tarantino, who turned 60 last year, confirmed to Deadline in March that “The Movie Critic” will be his final motion picture, after having long touted 60 as the age when he would retire from filmmaking.

Quentin Tarantino, right, and wife Daniella Pick pose for photographers upon arrival at the awards ceremony during the 76th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 27, 2023. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

The director has not ruled out working in other media, and is said to be working on a television series. In recent years, he has also released a novelization of his last film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and a collection of essays on cinema.

Tarantino married Israeli actress and model Daniella Pick in 2018. The couple had dated for nearly a decade since meeting in Jerusalem when the director was in Israel to promote “Inglourious Basterds.” They have two children.

Since moving to Israel, Tarantino has engaged sporadically with the local film scene. He has also spoken abroad about learning Hebrew along with his infant son.

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino makes a solidarity tour of southern Israel on October 13, 2023. (Screenshot, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Following Hamas’s brutal October 7 onslaught, which saw some 3,000 Gazans led by the Palestinian terror group invade Israel to murder or kidnap over 1,200 Israelis amid rampant sexual violence, Tarantino made a solidarity trip to southern Israel to visit army bases, meet with survivors from the Gaza border communities, and support local businesses.

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