Horror movie and true crime fans, get ready. Former Lizzie McGuire and current Younger star Hilary Duff is playing Sharon Tate in a new horror film about her murder at the hands of the Manson Family. Check out the trailer above and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.
In The Haunting of Sharon Tate, Hilary, 31, plays the pregnant wife of Roman Polanski who was killed by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969. She is “plagued by visions of her imminent death,” according to the IMDB synopsis for the movie. It also stars Jonathan Bennett and Lydia Hearst, but it’s Hilary who’s the star of the show.
When she first announced her casting, Hilary shared a picture of herself made up to look like Sharon on Instagram on February 6, 2018. She wrote at the time, “Had the incredible opportunity of playing Sharon Tate the past two weeks in an independent movie. She was an amazing woman and it was a true honor.” And fans were pumped by the news! People commented with encouragement like, “I think you captured her inner beauty” and “Perfect choice!!!!!” Several asked when the movie is coming out, and now we know: It’s in theaters and On Demand on April 5.
Members of Manson’s “family” — Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Tex Watson — killed Sharon in addition to her unborn child at the home she shared with her husband, Roman on August 9, 1969. Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, and Wojciech Frykowski, who were visiting her, were killed as well. Steven Parent, who was visiting the caretaker of the home, was also murdered. After spending almost half a century in prison after nine people were killed under his instruction, Manson died on November 19, 2107.
For the record, Sharon’s family is not totally thrilled about this movie. In June, her sister, Debra Tate, said it is “classless” and “exploitative” for producers to make a film about her sister’s murder. Though to be fair, it’s not Hilary she’s upset with. “It doesn’t matter who it is acting in it — it’s just tasteless,” she told People at the time. “It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.” Whether the movie turns out to be a success or moviegoers reject it remains to be seen.