November 1st, 2010
03:30 PM ET
He's surrounded by creepy characters on HBO's "True Blood," but now Ryan Kwanten is ready to play one himself. The actor is set to portray notorious criminal Charles Manson in the upcoming film "The Family," reports MTV.
The movie will trace Manson's life from his childhood through the late 1960s, when he instructed his followers – aka the Manson Family - to commit a series of murders in the Los Angeles area. Among the victims: "Valley of the Dolls" actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant at the time with filmmaker husband Roman Polanski's child.
"It's going to be quite a challenge," Kwanten says of playing the psychopath, who has been imprisoned for nearly four decades. "[Manson] is undoubtedly a huge iconic figure and not necessarily for the best of deeds."
Best known for playing dimwitted Jason Stackhouse, 33-year-old Kwanten realizes that his latest role – which he'll take on in 2011 – is a bit of a departure.
"It's going to be tapping into sort of dark sides of myself and obviously trying to find out as much as you can and then using what's going to be beneficial in making the film," he says.
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