Lindsay Lohan is the perfect choice to play murdered actress Sharon Tate because of her troubled background.

The 24-year-old actress has been asked by close friend Tyler Shields, who will direct and star in the movie 'Eyes of a Dreamer' based on the life of murderer Charles Manson - whose followers famously killed the pregnant Sharon in 1969 - to take on the role of the tragic star because she is "relatable".

He said: "We've worked together many, many times. She asked me about 'Eyes of a Dreamer' . And I said, 'Oh you should be Sharon Tate.' And she was like, 'That would be amazing.'

"Sharon Tate was a movie star. So I want an actress who you already have a back story with. People have a back story with someone like Lindsay. And I think it's very relatable."

However Tyler has warned the movie won't be for The Faint hearted and he is planning to show the death of Sharon - who was married to director Roman Polanksi - in graphic detail.

He explained to Entertainment Weekly: "I'm just going to be directing people to do the craziest s**t they've ever done. [But] I'm going to find a way to do it where it doesn't turn people off, but it gives you The Feeling of it. I want this to really hit people in a really specific place."

Lindsay is currently facing charges of felony grand theft after being accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace from an upmarket Californian boutique.