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IFC Films has picked up the Charles Manson drama Charlie Says after its Venice bow, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Matt Smith portrays the infamous cult leader in the film directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho). Suki Waterhouse, Hannah Murray, Odessa Young, Marianne Rendon and Carla Gugino round out the cast of the ensemble drama.
Charlie Says focuses on the three young women (played by Murray, Young and Rendon) who were sentenced to death following the infamous murder case of the Manson family members. When the death penalty was lifted, their sentences became life imprisonment. A young graduate student, Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever), is sent in to teach them, and through her the film follows their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes.
Charlie Says is the first of two Manson-themed movie projects to surface recently. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with a growing cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, is set to hit theaters next July.
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