Quentin Tarantino has reportedly found the leading man for his final movie, The Movie Critic.
The Academy Award winner has previously suggested that his 10th movie (if you count Kill Bill as one whole movie) will be his last before he moves on to writing more novels.
In March of 2023, it was announced that his final production would be focused on a movie critic living and working in the 1970s. He has subsequently said that the critic "used to write reviews for a porno rag."
In an interview with Deadline, Tarantino explained what kind of character we're likely to encounter.
"He wrote about mainstream movies and he was the second-string critic," he revealed.
"I think he was a very good critic. He was as cynical as hell. His reviews were a cross between early Howard Stern and what Travis Bickle might be if he were a film critic.
"He wrote like he was 55 but he was only in his early to mid-30s. He died in his late thirties. It wasn’t clear for a while but now I’ve done some more research and I think it was it was complications due to alcoholism."
Who will star in The Movie Critic?
According to Hollywood insider Daniel Richtman, the actor chosen to play the lead character, reportedly named Jim Sheldon, is Paul Walter Hauser.
The 36-year-old has put together an impressive resume as of late, featuring in movies like I, Tonya, BlacKkKlansman, Late Night, Da 5 Bloods and Cruella. For his role as the serial killer Larry Hall in Blackbird he won a Critics' Choice Television Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Richtman reports that Hauser and Tarantino had contact before the current writer's strike which has halted numerous movie and television productions in Hollywood.
Hauser's casting would make sense as the director previously said he would work with someone new for his final movie.
"I haven’t decided yet but it’s going to be somebody in the 35-year-old ball park. It’ll definitely be a new leading man for me," he explained earlier this year.
"I do have an idea of somebody I can imagine doing it really well."
When asked if he would consider a British star for the role, he replied: "No. The truth of the matter is, yes, obviously, a Brit could pull it off, but I don’t want to cast a Brit."