True Blood Star Ryan Kwanten to Play Psychopath Charles Manson

October 29, 2010 by  

From All-American Jock To American Psycho

Ryan Kwanten of True Blood who plays Jason Stackhouse

Ryan Kwanten who plays Jason Stackhouse on True Blood, announced at a press conference for his latest movie, the Australian western ‘Red Hill,’ that he has been cast in a film as the notorious killer-cult leader Charles Manson.

The Machinist’ screenwriter Scott Kosar will direct the film from his own screenplay.

Charles Manson has been the subject of several cinematic treatments on both the large and small screens dating back to 1976 though told from various perspectives including that of the prosecutor, a ‘family’ member, and Manson himself.

Though development is still in the early stages, Kwanten’s film is said to focus primarily on Manson’s years as the leader of his murderous cult, rather than depicting his entire life story. 

History of Charles Manson

Manson is currently serving a life prison sentence for seven counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to murder which date back to late 1960s.

Among one of the most notorious villains in history, Manson and his ‘family’ are most famous for the murders of actress Sharon Tate – who was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time – and four others in her home in Los Angeles in 1969. In addition, the ‘family,’ made up mostly of 20-somethings, killed a married couple at another location.

Kwanten is best known for his role as a lovable though seemingly dense ex-football jock in the small town of Bon Temps in the acclaimed HBO series,‘True Blood.’ The role of the charismatic Manson would be challenging for any actor as the subject is believed by many to be psychotic, evil, and quite intelligent. Clearly Kwanten is looking to be challenged as an actor so it should be very interesting to view the completed project.

Kwanten previously starred in  “Dead Silence” and recently voiced one of the characters in  “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.” He’s currently filming Joe Lynch’s horror film “Knights of Badassdom.”

Source: The Wrap – ‘True Blood’ Star Ryan Kwanten to Play Charles Manson

(Photo Credit: TVGuide.com)

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  • Danielle

    This is such a far out character than what I have seen him play. I have a feeling he will do an amazing job. Charles Manson IS going to be a difficult character.

    • Cyn

      @Danielle
      I give Ryan a lot of credit for not “playing it safe” and instead tackling quite a range of roles and projects. It seems he takes his career very seriously so yes, it should be very cool to see what he does in the role of this notorious criminal.
      Cyn