Charlie Says official trailer reveals the story of the Manson girls
IFC Films has released the official trailer (via Fandango) for director Mary Harron’s upcoming film Charlie Says starring The Crown‘s Matt Smith as infamous cult leader Charles Manson. The video highlights the story of the Manson girls and the aftermath of their vile actions cause by their strong trust and dependency on their cult leader. Check out the video below!
The drama will focus on the three women (Murray, Young, and Rendon) who were sentenced to death in Manson’s (Smith) murder case. The death penalty was ultimately lifted, altering their sentence into life imprisonment. Wever plays Karlene Faith, a young graduate student who was sent to teach them. Through Faith, Charlie Says will follow the three women’s transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes.
The film stars Matt Smith, Suki Waterhouse (Detective Pikachu), Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones), Marianne Rendon (Imposters), Kaylie Carter (Godless), Chace Crawford, Sosie Bacon, Annabeth Gish and the Emmy Award-winning Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie, The Walking Dead) have also been cast in the upcoming film.
Guinevere Turner, who wrote American Psycho alongside Harron, penned the screenplay based on source material from Ed Sanders’ 1971 best-selling book, The Family, as well as Karlene Faith’s book, The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten. Harron remarked that Turner’s script “brings a fresh and unique perspective to the infamous story of the Manson murders and we have now found the perfect cast to bring it to life.”
The film is set to be released on May 10.