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Quentin Tarantino's 'The Movie Critic' Loses Brad Pitt as Lead Actor: What's Next for the Film?

Tarantino Shifts Focus from Highly Anticipated 1977 California Project to New Endeavor

Quentin Tarantino has made the tough call to abandon his much-anticipated final film, "The Movie Critic," much to the disappointment of fans. Brad Pitt, originally set to star in the lead role, will not be gracing the screen with his trademark deadpan humor as initially expected. According to sources referenced by The Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino's decision means the commencement of filming for this long-awaited project, scheduled for this year, is now on hold.

Tarantino Ditches Last Movie Project

As of April 17, HR revealed that Tarantino has been pushing back his final endeavors for several months. Initially slated to be his tenth feature film, set in 1977 California, sources close to the filmmaker disclosed that he has lost interest in revising or resurrecting the project. Instead, Tarantino is now exploring fresh ideas to pursue.

Brad Pitt Exits Role in Tarantino's Final Film

Tarantino initially drew inspiration from a jaded film critic he admired during his teenage years for what was envisioned as his magnum opus, before ultimately abandoning the concept. However, insiders suggest that the focus shifted to Brad Pitt's portrayal of Cliff Booth, the stuntman he played in Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood " a role that earned Pitt an Academy Award.

Tarantino has lauded Pitt as "one of the few remaining icons of the silver screen."

Previously, at the Cannes Film Festival, the director briefly discussed the film, stating, "I can't reveal anything until you watch the movie. I'm tempted to perform some of the character's monologues now, but I won't. Perhaps if there were fewer video cameras. You'll just have to wait and see."

Despite securing Brad Pitt's casting and obtaining a $20-million tax break from the California state government, Quentin Tarantino's decision to abandon the project raises questions about his future endeavors. His preference for smaller-scale projects over mass-market appeal, as evidenced by his rejection of the R-rated "Star Trek" film in 2019, suggests a deliberate shift in creative direction.