It seems that Australian actor Damon Herriman (Justified, 100 Bloody Acres) has developed a seriously convincing performance. As announced by Collider, Herriman will portray infamous cult leader Charles Manson in both Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Season Two of David Fincher’s acclaimed Netflix original, Mindhunter.
He must give one hell of an audition.
According to Collider, Herriman had actually been selected to join the Mindhunter cast “much earlier” and had already shot all of his scenes in July. For those keeping track, Herriman’s involvement in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was just revealed by The Wrap two days ago.
Season Two of Mindhunter will set itself between 1979-1981 and focus on the Atlanta Child Murders. FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) will be back to continue their work in criminal profiling, but it’s unclear if we’ll see Cameron Britton return for another incredible performance as Ed Kemper.
With the late-70s/early-80s setting, Herriman will portray Manson during the first decade of his life sentence (Manson was sentenced to death in 1971, but when the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional in 1972, his sentence was adjusted to life in prison).
Reportedly, we can also expect to see appearances from the Son of Sam and The BTK Killer (who we suspect was fishing around at the end of Season One).
We already know that Tarantino’s film is set in 1969 during the height of Manson’s cult activity, so each project will give Herriman the opportunity to play Manson at a different point in his life.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Herriman communicates those adjustments of life experience, but the fact that he’s been cast for the same role in two dramatically different heavy-hitter projects must speak to the quality of his embodiment of the character.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), a former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt), who are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor — Sharon Tate.
Herriman will join new additions Rumer Willis, Dreama Walker, Margaret Qualley, Costa Ronin, Victoria Pedretti and Madisen Beaty as part of Tarantino’s massive ensemble cast. We can expect some of the usual suspects; Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Kurt Russell, as well as Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning, and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was set for a theatrical release on August 9, 2019 – the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family Murders. The date has been moved up by two weeks and will now open on July 26, 2019.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a release date for Mindhunter‘s second season just yet, but we cannot wait to see what Herriman does with his portrayal of Manson.