Matt Smith To Play Charles Manson In Charlie Says

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After bidding his role as Prince Philip in Netflix’s acclaimed original series The Crown goodbye, we will not have to wait long to see British actor Matt Smith on our screens again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, we will get to see the former Doctor Who star portraying an entirely different character from the ones we have seen so far of Smith.

The actor will be playing infamous murderer Charles Manson in Charlie Says, which will be directed by American Psycho director Mary Harron. It was also announced that Suki Waterhouse, who was recently cast alongside Ryan Reynolds in Detective Pikachu, will also join Charlie Says.

Other cast members also include Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones), Odessa Young (Assassination Nation), Marianna Rendon (Gemini, Imposters), Carla Gugino (Sin City), Kaylie Carter (Godless, Rings) and Merritt Wever (Godless, Nurse Jackie).

Charlie Says will be about the three young women, played by Murray, Young, and Rendon, who were sentenced to death following the murder case of Manson (Smith). Their sentence was turned into life imprisonment when the death penalty was lifted. Karlene Faith (Wever), a young graduate student, was sent into the prison to teach them and through Faith the film will follow the three women’s transformations as they face the reality of their dreadful crimes.

Guinevere Turner wrote the script, which is based on The Family by Ed Sanders, as well as The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten by Karlene Faith.

Mary Harron said of the movie and the cast they have found that “Guinevere Turner’s script brings a fresh and unique perspective to the infamous story of the Manson murders and we have now found the perfect cast to bring it to life.”

Production on the movie will start in spring in Los Angeles. A release date hasn’t been set yet but we at 4YE will be keeping you updated about the movie.

Anna Hattingen