Based on a cult novel by Caleb Carr, new Netflix drama The Alienist will be debuting later in the spring, as heralded by a shiny new trailer.
In what sounds like some sort of attempt to do to Mindhunter what The Murdoch Mysteries did for the CSI format – i.e. transport it back to a time of high collars, excellent coats, pocket watches and extravagant facial hair – the show will star Daniel Bruhl as the titular ‘Alienist’, Laszlo Kreizler.
Rather than investigating little green men, though, Kreizler’s ‘Aliens’ are those with mental pathologies, with his expertise in the new area of area of science putting him at the centre of the search for a serial killer in late-19th Century New York.
Anyway, here’s that trailer…
Bruhl – probably best know for his role in Captain America: Civil War, but loved around these parts for his turn as Niki Lauda in Rush – will appear in The Alienist alongside Luke Evans (Beauty And The Beast, High-Rise), playing the excellently named John Moore, and Dakota Fanning (Twilight, American Pastoral) in the 10-part series, which made its US bow on TNT Jan 22nd.
While the US will get weekly episodes, the rest of the world, will get to binge it in as little sleep-deprived time as possible. We’ll just have to wait a while, until April 19th to be exact.
The first three episodes have been adapted for screen by Hossein Amini, who penned the (albeit less-than-loquatious) scripts for Nicolas Winding Refn’s atmospheric movie Drive, and also the recent BBC series McMafia. Those same three episodes are directed by Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror ep ‘Men Against Fire’, The Fall).