While Quentin Tarantino’s very exciting-sounding Once Upon a Time in Hollywood project takes shape, the recent passing of Burt Reynolds left a hole in the casting.

Despite it being a very large hole, necessity has seen it filled, and by somebody that we’re sure Burt would have approved of.

Deadline reports that moving into Reynolds’ role is his long-time friend Bruce Dern (pictured above in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight).

As for the role itself, Dern will be playing George Spahn, the owner of the ranch in which Charles Manson and his disciples lived in the lead up to their horrific murdering spree. He’s anything but a sympathetic character, as in exchange for rent he accepted “favours” from Manson’s bevy of women.

Dern joins an incredible cast that also boasts Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins Jr, James Marsden, Scoot McNairy and Al Pacino.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is expected to hit Australian cinemas on July 25, 2019.