After a very long time in development, Susanna Lo’s Manson Girls is finally set to begin filming in February, reports Deadline, and the rumour of Bill Moseley (above, The Devil’s Rejects) playing the role of Charles Manson has also been confirmed.
Centering around famous killer Charles Manson, the film will focus on the girls who followed him, and how they came to be under his spell.
The story focuses on the events leading up to the famous Manson murders, and Lo not only directs but also produces and wrote the script. Here is what she had to say:
“The girls were all very talented but it was a very seductive time,” she said. “We really don’t want to sensationalize the story any further than it already has been. I’ve always been fascinated by how the girls came under the spell of this strange, manipulative man.“
Rather than probe the twisted brain of Manson himself, Manson Girls will chronicle how eight young women in his brood came from diverse and even privileged backgrounds to become the most notorious female serial killers of the decade’s Love Generation. The pic will follow the girls’ pre-Manson teen years through their indoctrination into the Family and up to the bloody summer of 1969 when their violent “Helter Skelter” campaign that rocked Los Angeles and the counterculture community.
Cast as some of the real-life Manson followers are Eric Balfour (Skyline) as Bobby Beausoleil, Monica Keena (Freddy vs. Jason) as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Tania Raymonde (Texas Chainsaw 3D) as Leslie Van Houten and Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive) as Alice Rainer. Lo’s also got a cameo earmarked Ron Jeremy, who’ll play the director of The Ramrodder, the softcore film that featured Beausoleil and fellow Manson Family member Catherine Share in small roles. Taryn Manning previously was involved in the project, which has undergone some cast shifts.