NBC has done some more casting for its upcoming drama based on the Charles Manson murders. Aquarius will star Californication’s David Duchovny as Los Angeles police sergeant Sam Hodiak, who begins investigating the hippie cult that Manson leads before the brutal Tate-LaBianca murders are committed.
TVLine now reports that Game of Thrones’ Gethin Anthony will play Manson. Charles Manson is one of the most infamous serial killers in the country and is sometimes credited with ending the 1960s’ peace and love ethos of the hippies through the horrifying murders he perpetrated with the help of his brainwashed cult members, who via a combination of psychedelic drugs and manipulation worshipped Manson like a god and killed on his behalf. Manson is currently in prison serving a life sentence.
TVLine also reported that Bunheads’ Emma Dumont will play one of the young women, Emma Karn, that Manson draws into his cult. Manson targets Karn as a part of a larger conspiracy involving her father, a powerful attorney, TVLine said. Grey Damon of Friday Night Lights will play Hodiak’s new partner who helps search for Karn and learn more about the techniques Manson uses to seduce and manipulate women. NBC describes the partner character, the “rebellious undercover cop Brian Shafe,” as someone Hodiak needs in order to get an in with the hippies he has to question and “a man who’s more comfortable rolling a joint than patrolling a beat.”