Matt Smith to play cult leader Charles Manson in new film


Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is stepping into the shoes of real-life villain Charles Manson to play the late cult leader and killer in a new movie.

The Brit, who is currently portraying Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip in Netflix hit The Crown, has signed on to portray Manson in American Psycho director Mary Harron’s Charlie Says, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fellow Brit Suki Waterhouse and Carla Gugino have also joined the cast, alongside Hannah Murray, Odessa Young, Marianne Rendon, Kaylie Carter, and Emmy Award winner Merritt Wever.

The film, which will chronicle the aftermath of the Manson Family murders in the late 1960s, is set to shoot in Los Angeles in the spring (18).

According to THR, Wever will portray a young graduate student who signs up to teach three of the women who landed life sentences for their part in the grisly murders.

Charlie Says isn’t the only film about Manson and his crimes currently in production – Quentin Tarantino is also working on a new movie set around the murders.

The untitled project already has Leonardo DiCaprio on board – the Oscar winner, who played the villain of Tarantino’s 2012 slave drama Django Unchained, will lead the cast in the untitled new film. He’ll play an aging actor in the new movie, according to Deadline.

His Wolf of Wall Street castmate Margot Robbie has reportedly been asked to portray Manson Family victim Sharon Tate, who was pregnant with Roman Polanski’s child when she was killed by members of the cult.

Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt have also been offered roles, according to reports.

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