Earlier this summer, we brought you the story that Quentin Tarantino is hoping to find a cameo role for Bruce Willis in his final film The Movie Critic, if Willis’ health allows it.
Now, according to recent internet rumors from the podcast The Hot Mic, it seems that Tarantino is also saving a role for his old pal John Travolta, whose career was utterly revitalized thanks to his iconic performance in Tarantino’s magnum opus Pulp Fiction.
Given that Tarantino is such a famed film historian, it certainly makes sense that he would apply that outlook to his own career and filmography, which is perhaps why the idea of a reunion with two of his former leads — who were cinematic icons prior to Tarantino in their own right — is so appealing to him.
According to reports, production on The Movie Critic — which still does not have any official cast members, although rumors earlier this month indicated that Paul Walter Hauser had been offered the lead role — was set to begin this Fall. Due to the ongoing actors’ and writers’ strikes, however, that’s obviously changed.
The Movie Critic is set to be Tarantino’s tenth and apparently final feature film. While the legendary 60-year-old filmmaker has confirmed that he won’t be retiring from the creative arts entirely, he’s been adamant that this will be his final traditional movie.
As per Tarantino himself, The Movie Critic takes place in 1970s Los Angeles and follows a character that Quentin has described as being “if Travis Bickle was a movie critic” for an adult magazine.
At this time, The Movie Critic does not have an official release date. With October rapidly approaching and the actors’ strike having no end in sight, there’s a chance we won’t see the film until 2025.
Tarantino’s most recent movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood released back in 2019, made over $375 million at the global box office, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards.