With all the casting news that has filtered through for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, there’s been one conspicuous absence – who would play Charles Manson?

While the director has been at pains to emphasise that the movie is based on the year 1969, not just the Manson family murders, it’s been clear that they play a big part in proceedings. As such, it seemed logical that somebody would be playing Charles Manson.

It’s now been confirmed that Australia’s Damon Herriman has landed the gig. He’s been all over Aussie TV since his first gig as a young kid in The Sullivans, and has appeared in Aussie flicks as diverse as The Big Steal, The Square and 100 Bloody Acres. Since concentrating on breaking the US, he’s popped up in the likes of Breaking Bad, Vegas and Top of the Lake. It was his turn as Dewey Crowe in Justified, however, that apparently got him noticed by QT.

Herriman joins the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins Jr, James Marsden, Scoot McNairy, Lena Dunham and Al Pacino in one very impressive cast.

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

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