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The Crown’s Matt Smith to play notorious cult leader Charles Manson in American Psycho director’s film

Director Mary Harron, best known for American Psycho, is chronicling the life of cult leader Charles Manson, starring The Crown star Matt Smith.

hollywood Updated: Feb 07, 2018 15:31 IST
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Actor Matt Smith attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills.(AFP)

Director Mary Harron, best known for American Psycho, is chronicling the life of cult leader Charles Manson, starring The Crown star Matt Smith.

Smith will play the notorious serial killer in the film Charlie Says, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will revolve around three young women, who were sentenced to death for their role in the Manson murders but it was later converted to a life sentence.

The story will be told through a graduate student, who is tasked with re-educating the women as they come to terms with their horrific crimes under the influence of Manson. Suki Waterhouse, Merrit Wever, Carla Gugino, Hannah Murray, Kaylie Carter and Marianne Rendon have also joined the cast the drama.

Harron will direct from a script by American Psycho scribe Guinevere Turner.

Harron is not new to dark stories as her creation of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho is now a part of movie cult.

Bateman, memorably played by Christian Bale, is a wealthy young investment banker who turns into a serial killer by night.

In this 1969 file photo, Charles Manson is escorted to court in Los Angeles during an arraignment phase. (AP)

In the late 1960s, Manson formed a cult in California, which came to be known as the Manson Family. The cult members committed a series of nine murders. They gained national notoriety after the murder of director Roman Polanski’s actor-wife Sharon Tate and four others in her home in 1969.

Director Quentin Tarantino is also making a movie based on the murders to coincide with the 50th anniversary in 2019. Manson died in prison in 2017.

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First Published: Feb 07, 2018 15:31 IST