We’ve all seen what the charismatic leader of People’s Temple could do. We’ve seen the corruption of goodwill within Scientology. We can’t forget what happened with Branch Davidians. However, there was one cult leader that still baffles them all. One cult leader still without physical blood on his hands…and that man is Charlie Manson. Now, we’ll get to see another piece of the Manson Family in a new movie from American Psycho‘s Mary Harron called Charlie Says.
Based on the books, The Family by Ed Sanders and The Long Prison Journey of Leslie van Houten: Life Beyond The Cult by Karlene Faith, Charlie Says will follow the lives of Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón), the women responsible for the brutal Tate/LaBianca Murders. The film weaves throughout the girls’ time with Charles Manson (Matt Smith) and how they were easily coerced into the crime. Graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) thinks she’s able to rehabilitate the women and gain a different perspective.
Mary Harron will be directing this incredible movie. The film’s co-writer is none other than Guinevere Turner, whom Harron previously worked with on American Psycho.
From the trailer, it seems like the ladies will look at the infamous case through an empathetic lens. They may dig deeper into WHO the women are and HOW they got to where they are. There’s so much more to the Manson story than we’ve heard. It feels like there are always little things yet to be uncovered. For Charlie Says, setting it into this perspective is something that may be intense, so I’m very interested in seeing how this turns out.
Charlie Says will also star Chace Crawford, Suki Waterhouse, Odessa Young, Kayli Carter, Carla Gugino, and Annabeth Gish. The film is set to be released May 10 both in theaters and VOD. The film is will be distributed by IFC.