What isn’t clear, however, is which role Tarantino has Cruise pegged for. While Cruise seems like a good choice to play a charismatic cult leader like Manson for reasons that are obvious (and maybe best left unsaid for legal reasons), Manson’s right hand man Charles ‘Tex’ Watson is probably the meatier role. After all, Tex was the one who actually committed the murders, and his clean-cut all-American image is probably a better fit for Cruise visually.
Of course, these aren’t the only options. Our favoured role for cruise would be that of Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor who spun the murder trial into a narrative of drug-addled brainwashing that terrified Middle America and effectively killed the hippie era forever.