It was tragic the passing of Burt Reynolds. Even sadder, it was right before Reynolds was going to make a bit of a comeback as he was set to play real-life figure George Spahn in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
In the real-life events that the film partially depicts, Spahn was a near-blind 80-year-old man who rented out his L.A. ranch to be used as the location for Westerns. Manson managed to convince Spahn to allow him and his followers to live on the ranch, in the months before they murdered Tate and six others, in exchange for sex and serving as his seeing-eye guides.
Sadly, Reynolds died before he could film his footage. And that is why Bruce Dern, who worked with Tarantino in The Hateful Eight, will be replacing Reynolds in the role. While it’s tragic how Reynolds has passed, Dern will no doubt take on the role with brilliant commitment.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. It is set to hit theaters July 26, 2019.