Another former Disney darling has come to the world of horror; Hilary Duff will portray the beautiful Sharon Tate in the upcoming film The Haunting of Sharon Tate. The film is one of three films coming out to deal with someone involved in the Manson family murders (Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play Manson in an upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, and Tuesday Doctor Who star Matt Smith signed on to play Manson in Mary Harron’s Charlie), but this film is a bit different from the others.
Instead of focusing on the murders, The Haunting of Sharon Tate is said to be based primarily on an interview Tate gave in 1968 where she discussed having nightmares about ghosts and even of her own death at the hands of a satanic cult. The film does not yet have a release date.
Duff took to Instagram to announce her part as the Hollywood beauty; her likeness to Tate is striking.
Not everyone is pleased with the production of the film however. Sharon Tate’s sister Debra has expressed her displeasure with the film to PEOPLE calling it “classless” and “exploitative”, but she claims to harbor no ill thoughts of Hilary Duff herself.
Sharon Tate was best known for her roles in films such as Eye of the Devil and Valley of the Dolls.
On the night of August 8, 1969, Sharon Tate was gathered with a group of her friends including Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger (music producer Quincy Jones had planned to join them but did not make it) in the home she shared with husband Roman Polanski at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles. The night would turn tragic when four members of the Manson family (Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian and Patricia Krenwinkel) entered the home and murdered all occupants in the former home of record producer Terry Melcher (who Manson felt wronged him). Tate was 8 months pregnant and just 26-years-old when she was murdered.