Hilary Duff’s IMDb page just got weirder. The actress is starring as Sharon Tate in The Haunting of Sharon Tate, a film based on, per the trailer, “one of the most horrific murders in history.” The trailer, which you can watch above, was released today.
Tate was an actress known for her roles in films like Valley of the Dolls and The Fearless Vampire Killers. On August 9, 1969, she was stabbed to death by members of the Manson Family, the cult headed by Charles Manson. At the time Tate was murdered, she was 26 years old, eight months pregnant, and married to director Roman Polanski, who was in Europe on the night of the crime.
A year ago, Duff shared a photo of herself as Tate to her Instagram:
Also starring in the film are Mean Girls‘ Jonathan Bennett (whom we recently saw in Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next music video), who plays Tate’s friend Jay Sebring, and Lydia Hearst, who plays coffee heiress Abigail Folger. Both Sebring and Folger were also murdered.
According to Deadline, the film covers the final days of Tate’s life: “The plot is inspired by an actual quote from the Golden Globe-nominated Valley of the Dolls star, from an interview published a year before her death, wherein she reveals having dreams about ghosts haunting her house and foreseeing her own death at the hands of a satanic cult.”
This isn’t the only film about Tate that’s coming this year. Margot Robbie will also star as the actress in Quentin Tarantino’s take on the story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is due out in the summer. Tate’s sister, Debra, told People last year the films were “tasteless”: “It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”
The Haunting of Sharon Tate will be out in theaters and available on demand on April 5.