NBC has put a Game of Thrones actor in charge of their Charles.

Gethin Anthony — who played almost-king Renly Baratheon in the first two seasons of the HBO hit — has been cast as chilling cult leader Charles Manson in the Peacock’s “event series” Aquarius, EW has confirmed. (TVLine first reported the news.) The 13-episode drama, which is set in 1967, stars David Duchovny as LAPD Sgt. Sam Hodiak, who is hunting the small-time jailbird with designs on heading up a cult.

The “event series” has also recruited Emma Dumont (Bunheads) to play Emma Karn, a young woman who is reported missing after she falls under Manson’s dangerous spell, while Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights) has signed up for the role of Hodiak’s new partner, who goes undercover to assist Hodiak in finding Karn and gathering intel on Manson.

Aquarius is being written by John McNamara (Profit, In Plain Sight), who is serving as an executive producer alongside Duchovny, whose Californication is wrapping its final season later this month.

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