‘The Movie Critic’: Brad Pitt Reunites With Quentin Tarantino On The Director’s Final Film

If The Movie Critic is truly Quentin Tarantino’s final movie, you just know he’s going to fill it with all of his friends. And that will make for some exciting casting news, like today’s, as Deadline reports Brad Pitt will rejoin his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director on the project.

It’s unclear if Pitt has the title role, that of a film critic who wrote for pornographic magazines in the 1970s. But it sure seems like Pitt would be a right fit for it. While Tarantino originally sought a white guy in his 30s, we’re talking about Brad Pitt here, and he’s pretty much ageless. It’s possible that the lead role is based on film critic and porn historian William Mangold, a Tarantino favorite.

This will be Pitt and Tarantino’s third time working together. Pitt won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as stunt double Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He also starred in Tarantino’s war film Inglourious Basterds.

Tarantino has talked a little bit about The Movie Critic and it sounds deeply personal, as it should be for his final film. It’s set in 1977 California, the same year as Rolling Thunder, and was inspired by a job Tarantino had loading porn magazines into the racks. He would read the second-string film critic in one of those mags, calling him “a guy who really lived but was never really famous.”

Expect Tarantino to do some revising of film history, as well, which could be interesting to see.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.