Kwanten To Play Charles Manson

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October 27, 2010 | 6:15pm EST

True Blood star Ryan Kwanten has a killer new role – he’s signed up to play cult leader Charles Manson.

The Australian actor is gearing up to play the convicted killer in the as-yet-untitled project, which will be directed by Brad Anderson.

Manson is serving a life prison sentence for seven counts of murder and one of conspiracy to murder after co-ordinating a killing spree in the late 1960s as the leader of the Manson Family.