Burt Reynolds’ Friend Bruce Dern Will Replace Him In Quentin Tarantino’s Upcoming Film ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Before his death, Burt Reynolds was set to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, but sadly never got a chance to shoot his part.

The legendary actor, who died at the age of 82 on Thursday, was supposed to film his role in the coming weeks, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

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“My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino, and the amazing cast that was assembled,” Reynolds’ niece Nancy Lee Hess confirmed in a statement to ET Canada.

Now, Reynolds’ close friend Bruce Dern is set to replace him. Dern, who will now play the role of George Spahn in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, starred as former Confederate general Sanford Smithers in Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”.


“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” stars a huge A-list cast, including, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie.

Tarantino described the flick as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour… Sharon Tate (Robbie).”

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Reynolds was set to play George Spahn, the man who owned the ranch where Charles Manson and his followers lived.

Production for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is currently underway in Los Angeles.

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