Game of Thrones star Gethin Anthony cast as Charles Manson

NBC is rolling out a 13 episode mini-series called Aquarius. Aquarius centers on the investigation of upstart cult leader Charles Manson by LAPD Sgt. Sam Hodiak. NBC has cast former Game of Thrones star Gethin Anthony as Manson.  Anthony played Renly Baratheon through the first two seasons on the HBO series. Sgt. Hodiak will be played by former X-Files actor David Duchovny.

The series will also feature Emma Dumont of Bunheads to play a young woman, Emma Karn, who is reported missing after joining Manson. Grey Damon of Friday Night Lights will play the part of Hodiak’s partner.

NBC issued an official description of the film on their Aquarius website.

It’s 1967 and the era of free love, drug experimentation and Vietnam is in full effect. When the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer goes missing, LA Police Sergeant Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, “Californication,” “The X-Files”) starts asking around. He soon discovers that the hippie kids he’s questioning don’t take kindly to cops, especially one with hair as short as his. Needing the help of someone they trust, he partners with rebellious undercover cop Brian Shafe, a man who’s more comfortable rolling a joint than patrolling a beat. It’s not long before they stumble upon a small-time cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause. From there, they follow this man’s trail down a rabbit hole of drugs, sex, murder and cultural revolution. Little could they know, however, the guy they’re hunting will eventually become the killer we now recognize as Charles Manson. He was a lost soul who desperately wanted to get into the music scene of the ’60s until something snapped. This is the show that will explore the cat-and-mouse game between him and the police, which will go on for several seasons ultimately ending with the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.

Aquarius will be written by John McNamara and filming should begin soon.

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