Bruce Dern has been set as Spahn Ranch owner George Spahn in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – in his friend, Burt Reynolds', stead. Reynolds died unexpectedly on September 6.

This will be the 82-year-old Dern's second picture with Tarantino, after he played the perennially pissed off Confederate general Sanford Smithers in Tarantino's 2015 western The Hateful Eight. More recently, Dern played the Kennedy family patriarch and father of President Kennedy, Joseph in Chappaquiddick – read my interview with the writers of that film here and the director of it here.

Stay tuned to The 405 for more on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and catch it July 26 of next year in theaters in the US and August 9 of next year in cinemas in the UK.