Quentin Tarantino has spent his summer bringing his favorite stars aboard his next big project Once upon a time in Hollywood a crime of the '60s that plays amid the murders of the Manson family. But the most important role of all, Charles Manson, had remained unclaimed until now. Damon Herriman, an Australian actor best known to American audiences for his work on television shows Justified Quarry and Battle Creek has staked his claim Herriman, 48, could be a decade older than Manson in the summer of 1969, when followers of the cult leader slaughtered actress Sharon Tate and eight others, but their likeness is scary.
Once upon a time in Hollywood will be Herriman's first major US film role, but he should be a familiar face to fans of Australian cinema, maybe he's also landed on Tarantino's radar. After The Guardian the director collects 35mm and 1
Herriman joins a star cast that includes Margot Robbie as a victim to Sharon Tate; Dakota Fanning as Manson supporter Squeaky pious; Burt Reynolds as George Spahn, who owned the ranch where the Manson family lived; Emile Hirsch as Jay Sebring, who was killed together with Tate in her home in the Hollywood Hills; Damien Lewis as actor Steve McQueen, who was invited to Tate's house on the night of the murder, but could not come; Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, actor and Tates neighbor; Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth, Dalton's friend and stunt double: and almost all the others you can imagine in important, small and unspecified roles: Luke Perry, Al Pacino, Lena Dunham, Rumer Willis, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant and James Marsden, just to name a few.
Charles Manson, as head of his infamous "family," organized a two-day series of murders in August 1969, killing seven people. He died in prison at the age of 83 last year after spending nearly 50 years behind bars. Four years before his death, he spoke with Rolling Stone about his life in prison and the defense of his legacy. "He's a winner," Manson said of prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, whose bestselling Helter Skelter became the de facto chronicle of the case. He's come over! He's a genius! He took 45 years of a man's life for his greedy little grubby self – and he'll go on with his conscience forever? Is not there any honor in him? "
Loud Collider was also featured as Manson for Manson's second season of Mindhunter Netflix's writing on the creation of the FBI's Department of Behavioral Sciences in the 1970s.
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is currently expected to be released in mid-2019.