Matt Smith from 'Doctor Who' is playing cult leader Charles Manson in the horror thriller which is being directed by 'American Psycho's' Mary Harron.
Charlie Says, the movie based on the life of Charles Manson and his 'family', premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival in September and we have been waiting for its official release ever since. Anything around the cult leader immediately catches the attention of people, which is the reason why Hollywood keeps making movies and TV shows around him, but this movie, in particular, is extra special to horror enthusiasts. "Why?" you ask? Because, the brain behind one of the most amazing creepy movies ever made, American Psycho, Mary Harron has directed Charlie Says!
"A graduate student begins visiting three female followers of the notorious killer Charles Manson to aide them in realizing the reality of their actions," reads the official premise of the movie which stars Hannah Murray as Leslie Van Houten, Sosie Bacon as Patricia Krenwinkel, Marianne Rendón as Susan Atkins, Suki Waterhouse as Mary Brunner, Matt Smith as Charles Manson, Merritt Wever as Karlene Faith, Chace Crawford as Tex Watson, Annabeth Gish as Virginia Carlson, Kayli Carter as Squeaky Fromme, India Ennenga as Linda Kasabian, Dan Olivo as Leno LaBianca, and Bridger Zadina as Paul Watkins.
Guinevere Turner, who's penned the script for American Psycho, has written down Charlie Says along with Mary. However, when Matt Smith, who is known as the eleventh doctor in Doctor Who and loved as Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in Netflix's The Crown was cast as the criminal and cult leader Charles Manson, the public had more negative reactions than the positive ones.
But, the trailer of the movie which was just recently dropped, and has got people excited once again, including us! The resemblance between Matt Smith and young Charles Manson is uncanny! The movie will revolve around the girls in the Manson family who did everything Charles told them to for the love of their 'family.' It will also include the infamous Sharon Tate murders by the Manson family.
"Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him - Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón) - remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader (Matt Smith). Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan - until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) is enlisted to rehabilitate them," reads the official synopsis of the movie.
"Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson. But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did? Boundary-pushing auteur Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) presents a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century," it adds.
Two other big movies centering Charles Manson and the family murders are coming out this year. The Haunting of Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff is set to release this April on 5, and a movie called Once Upon A Time In Hollywood featuring Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kurt Russell, directed by Quentin Tarantino, is currently in production. The murder of blooming actress Sharon Tate is one of the biggest tragedies of Hollywood. The American model and actress, was just 26 years old when she was brutally murdered by cult members of the Manson Family.
Sharon starred in multiple movies like Barabbas, Eye of the Devil, Valley of Dolls, and was celebrated in the industry and known as the rising star of Hollywood. She married Roman Polanski, a famous director, and was eight and a half months pregnant with their first baby when she was killed along with several of her friends. She was stabbed sixteen times. The mystery around the murderer's motive and identity circulated for a while until members of the Manson family were caught. They described that the murders had nothing to do with the identity of the people, they only killed them because the house previously belonged to an acquaintance of Charles Manson.
The fact that the Tate murders are picked up by Hollywood every now and then, comes as a major disappointment to Sharon's family. Talking about the upcoming Tate movies, Sharon's sister Debra Tate told TMZ, "To [celebrities] it's a paycheck and these people just don't care. They are terribly hurtful to the actual family and all the living victims. They don't give a s--t." She also called out Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt (co-stars of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), saying they are "throwing all their social responsibility to the wind."
Charles Manson was found guilty of murder and conspiracy and was sentenced to death. He died aged 83 in California in 2017. Watch the trailer of Charlie Says below!