Matt Smith stars as Charles Manson in new movie, trailer lands

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Matt Smith stars in Charlie Says, from director Mary Harron – and here’s the trailer.


For Matt Smith’s latest film role, he’s taking a bit of a leap by portraying infamous cult leader Charles Manson. It’s for the film Charlie Says, that’s been directed by Mary Harron (famous for American Psycho, amongst others).

Joining Smith in the cast for this one are Hannah Murray, Suki Waterhouse, Annabeth Gish, Sosie Bacon and Merritt Wever.

The film actually premiered on the festival circuit last year, although it’s closing in on its US release date this coming May. There’s no release earmarked in the UK as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted on that.

In the meantime, here’s the trailer for the film…

And finally, the official synopsis reads…

Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the 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? Boundary pushing auteur Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) presents a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.

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