The new movie about Charles Manson and the Manson Family called Charlie Says released its first trailer. Matt Smith takes on the role of Manson in the movie and as you’ll see, he seems to disappear in the role.
The film comes from director Mary Harron who worked on the cult classic movie American Psycho. The movie tells the story of the three “Manson Family” women who were sentenced to death in Charles Manson’s infamous murder case.
Here’s the synopsis:
Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, 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. 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?
The movie comes with the star cast of Chace Crawford as Manson family member Tex Watson; Sosie Bacon as Patricia Krenwinkel; The X-Files star Annabeth Gish plays Virginia Carlson, head of the California Institute for Women. The cast also includes Suki Waterhouse, Hannah Murray, Odessa Young, Marianne Rendon, Carla Gugino, Kaylie Cart, r and Merritt Wever.
The movie is based on Karlene 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.
Charlie Says will hit theaters May 10th and on VOD on May 17th.