Lindsay Lohan’s father has blasted the actress for agreeing to star in a new movie about murderer Charles Manson.

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Her dad Michael thinks his daughter – who will play Nancy Pitman, a cult follower of the notorious Manson who was convicted of seven counts of murder in 1971, in Manson Girls – should stick to the “mainstream films” which made her a star.

He said: “I really hope that Lindsay gets back to the kinds of films that led to her success. I’d like to see her do more mainstream films.

“Some of the movies she has done recently were geared to a specific audience. But when you’re the kind of star Lindsay is, you have to appeal to a general audience, not just a specific audience.”

Manson was originally given the death penalty after masterminding a series of gruesome murders, including that of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the then-wife of director Roman Polanski. His sentence was reduced after the state of California abolished the death penalty.

Although Lindsay’s character didn’t participate in the murders, she is believed to have accompanied Manson to the scene of the crime afterwards to help remove evidence.

The 21-year-old actress can next be seen starring alongside Jared Leto in Chapter 27 – a controversial new film documenting Beatles legend John Lennon’s assassination in 1980.