We told you just about one month ago that Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) was in talks to play Charles Manson in a film being directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho), which was at the time titled The Family. Today brings confirmation that Smith has officially signed on, along with news of a title change.
Via THR, The Family is now titled Charlie Says, the plot focused on the three “Manson Family” women who were sentenced to death in Manson’s infamous murder case.
Suki Waterhouse has also joined the cast, along with Hannah Murray, Odessa Young, Marianne Rendon, Carla Gugino, Kaylie Carter and Merritt Wever.
“Charlie Says will focus on the three young women (Murray, Young and Rendon) who were sentenced to death following the infamous murder case of Manson (Smith). When the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student, Karlene Faith (Wever), was sent in to teach them, and through her the film will follow their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes.”
The script by Turner is based on Faith’s nonfiction book The Long Prison Journey of Leslie van Houten: Life Beyond The Cult and Ed Sanders’ controversial 1971 novel about the Manson Family murders, The Family.
Jeremy M. Rosen and Kevin Shulman are producing via their Roxwell Films banner, while David Hillary will executive produce alongside Dana Guerin and Michael Guerin.
Production is set start this Spring in Los Angeles.