David Duchovny to Star in Charles Manson Drama at NBC
Awake alum Michaela McManus, Justified's David Meunier and The Last Ship's Chris Sheffield have boarded the series starring David Duchovny, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 13-episode drama Aquarius, created by John McNamara (In Plain Sight), is set in the 1960s and stars Duchovny as Sam Hodiak, a Los Angeles police sergeant investigating a then-unknown Charles Manson. McNamara exec produces alongside Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Alexandra Cunningham, Jonas Pate, Melanie Greene and Duchovny, with Pate on board to direct.
McManus will recur as Grace, Hodiak's ex-girlfriend and longtime family friend. She calls Hodiak in when her daughter, Emma, goes missing. Beside herself with worry, Grace is hoping that Hodiak can locate and return her "baby" to her, but she has no idea of the morass that Emma has sunken into.
Meunier will also recur as Roy, a menacing biker with a "personality to match." Manson's minion, not to mention his muscle, Roy backs his diminutive boss up violently when the occasion calls for it.
Sheffield, who next appears in MTV's Happyland, will play Hodiak's son.
They join a cast that includes Grey Damon, Emma Dumont and Gethin Anthony, who will play Manson.
Anthony — who on Game of Thrones played Renly Baratheon — will portray Manson, described here as the “archetypal Authentic Hippie Freak” whose intense charisma draws young followers to him in droves. A jailbird who has spent half his life in prison, Manson dominates his young women followers through a combination of sex, drugs and a paternalistic and caring attitude that masks his inner evil. A dark, seductive force of nature, he recruits young Emma Karn (played by Dumont) to his ranks — but his interest in her may be far beyond the merely sexual. In fact, he may have embroiled her father in a far-reaching conspiracy.
Damon, meanwhile, will co-star as Hodiak’s (Duchovny) new partner — and the two are well-matched in their maverick methods and savvy instincts. He helps Hodiak trace the missing Emma Karn, going undercover himself to learn more about Manson.