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Lifetime greenlights flick about Charles Manson gals

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Charles Manson’s circle of women are getting their own Lifetime movie.

The cable network has given a thumbs up to Manson’s Lost Girls, a flick about the circle of teenage girls who fell for Charles Manson. Casting is already completed on the movie that will star Jeff Ward (The Mentalist) as Manson. The women  include MacKenzie Mauzy (Into the Woods) as Linda Kasabian, Eden Brolin (I Dream Too Much) as Susan Atkins and Greer Grammer (Awkward) as Leslie Van Houten.  Christian Madsen (Divergent) will play Manson family member Tex Watson.

Here is Lifetime’s official logline about the flick: “Lost Girls follows the story of Linda Kasabian as she first meets ‘the family’ at the seemingly idyllic Spahn Ranch hippie commune, where she and her baby daughter are embraced with open arms.  Seduced by the group’s free-love lifestyle, Linda revels in a profound sense of sisterhood and acceptance.  She is especially taken with Manson, who soon draws her into criminal activities, including late-night creepy crawlsbreaking into and stealing from lavish homes.  Linda begins to see the evil in Manson, but the others remain fiercely loyal.  Once she becomes an accomplice in what Manson calls Helter Skelter, a drug-fueled murder spree that included the brutal death of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child, Linda breaks away and turns herself in as a witness for the prosecution. Her testimony helps lead to the conviction of Manson and his followers for the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.”

There is no air date for the film.

Manson is also addressed in NBC’s Aquarius, which follows a Los Angeles police detective (David Duchovny) who is tracking the cult leader during his rise in the late 1960s.

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