Hilary Duff signs on to star as Sharon Tate in new film

Hilary Duff has signed on for the starring role in upcoming psychological horror film "The Haunting of Sharon Tate."

The role will mark a dark pivot for the "Younger" star as she tackles one of the most violent and twisted stories in Hollywood history. Tate was infamously murdered in 1969 by members of Charles Manson's cult, and the grim details of her horrific slaying sound more like a slasher movie than real life.

Duff will star as Tate alongside Jonathan Bennett and Lydia Hearst. Daniel Farrands will write and direct the film, which depicts Tate's final days leading up to her murder.

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Pregnant film star Sharon Tate in the back of a taxi in London with baby's booties on her hands, 6th August 1969. This picture was taken three days before she was murdered.(Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) poses naked on a rug, circa 1969. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Sharon Tate Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Photo datée de 1969 de l'actrice Sharon Tate, femme du réalisateur Roman Polanski, qui fut assassinée le 09 août 1969 avec quatre autres personnes à son domicile à Beverly Hills en Californie, alors qu'elle était enceinte de huit mois. Charles Manson et des membres de la communauté qu'il avait fondée furent accusés de ces meurtres et condamnés à mort mais leur peine fut commuée en emprisonnement. N/B Photo dated 1969 of American actress Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski, who was murderered, eight months pregnant, with four others persons in the couple's mansion in Beverly Hills 09 August 1969. Charles Manson and members of his cult were sentenced to death for these murders, but were spared the death penalty due to a Supreme Court ruling against capital punishment. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Films, Hollywood, California, USA, A miscellaneous studio portrait of American actress Sharon Tate who was found murdered by members of the Manson Family on 9th August, 1969, The cult was headed by serial killer Charles Manson (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Sharon Tate Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) in a wicker swing-chair, circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. The wife of film director Roman Polanski, Tate was murdered by followers of Charles Manson on 8th August 1969. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Headshot portrait of American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) as she smiles, England, 1968. (Photo by Bill Ray/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American film actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) at her London wedding with Polish actor and director Roman Polanski. Sharon was murdered by followers of Charles Manson, when heavily pregnant with Roman's baby. Original Publication: People Disc - HP0302 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Film director Roman Polanski walking along sidewalk w. unident. man & blond woman, in resort town shortly after wife Sharon Tate's murder. (Photo by Settimio Garritano/Pix Inc./The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 15: Actress Sharon Tate visiting the set of Rosemary's Baby on August 15,1967 in New York, New York. (Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Sharon Tate's engangement ring from Roman Polanski on display at the GOTTA HAVE IT! Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction Press Preview at the Gotta Have It! store on November 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Picture taken in the sixties in London, of American actress Sharon Tate in the arms of her husband Director Roman Polanski. Sharon Tate was murdered with four other persons on 08 september at her luxury H in Beverly Hills 09 August 1969. (FILM) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Pregnant American film actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), 1969. The wife of film director Roman Polanski, Tate was murdered by followers of Charles Manson on 8th August 1969. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Debra Tate, sister of Sharon Tate, 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
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At the time of her murder, Tate was 26 and married to Roman Polanski (who would later be arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl). Two weeks away from giving birth, she pleaded with the Manson followers who would soon torture and stab her, "Please don't kill me. I just want to have my baby."

Also heading into production is Quentin Tarantino's film about Charles Manson, "Helter Skelter," for which he'll cast his own actress to play Tate. Tate's sister, Debra, told TMZ last year that her pick is Margot Robbie "simply because of her physical beauty."

Jennifer Lawrence, though, she said, is "not pretty enough to play Sharon."

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American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. The wife of film director Roman Polanski, Tate was murdered by followers of Charles Manson on 8th August 1969. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Headshot of Sharon Tate (1943-1969), US actress, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Sharon Tate (1943-1969), US actress, wearing metallic disc sleeveless top, with a scoop neckline, in an exterior portrait, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), wearing a nightgown, faces herself in a mirror while pouring prescription pills into the palm of her hand in a still from the film, 'Valley of the Dolls,' directed by Mark Robson, 1967. (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Courtesy Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1967: Photo of Sharon Tate Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
A contact sheet of portraits of American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: The American Actress Sharon Tate, Wife Of The French Film Director Roman Polanski, In 1969. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Pregnant film star Sharon Tate in the back of a taxi in London with baby's booties on her hands, 6th August 1969. This picture was taken three days before she was murdered.(Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Sharon Tate Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
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