Ryan Kwanten Playing Charles Manson for Indie 'The Family'
Using the momentum from his breakthrough role as Jason Stackhouse in HBO's sexy vampire series "True Blood", actor Ryan Kwanten is making a big move into feature films. Though he's had roles in junk like Dead Silence and Flicka, recently Kwanten voiced a character in The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and has the epic action comedy The Knights of Badassdom in his future. Now ShockTillYouDrop reports the actor will play a young Charles Manson in The Family, an adaptation of Ed Sanders revealing book of the same name which centers on the wayward teens who would become the twisted Manson family.
Writer Scott Kosar (The Machinist, The Crazies) will make the indie drama his directorial debut and is adamant that the film is not solely about the infamous Manson murders or simply a Charles Manson biopic. Kosar, who also wrote the script himself, elaborates on his take on the Manson family and emphasizes a focus on the victims:
"A very unconventional unit, but a family nonetheless. It is not a horror film, though the subject is inherently horrific. The goal is to do, finally, after forty years, the first authentic film about the so-called Manson Family. Unlike other films on the subject, 'The Family' will also spend time getting to know the victims, particularly Sharon Tate, who will be portrayed very sympathetically. I don't think a responsible movie can be made about this subject without humanizing the victims, which must be done in order to truly convey - as much as a film is able to - the enormity of the tragedy. This won't be a slasher film, but it won't gloss over the violence either. It's a film about an American taboo that has never been dramatized with any balance or accuracy. Bugliosi-based films accurately deal with the prosecution o 'the Family.' My film will concern the family itself. Who they were and what their lives were like with Manson."
Kosar certainly sounds immersed in the family and their story, and it sounds like this will be an exploration of their psychosis and the real tragedy of their victims death that hasn't been highlighted before. Kwanten should bring plenty of eccentricities to the role as well since his comedic performance on "True Blood" has a certain off-kilter charm to it, and Manson is one of those characters who has plenty of personality, but doesn't need a caricature performance to showcase it. My bet is that we'll see this indie drama hit the festival circuit next year. Interested?