Netflix nabs The Alienist for international release
VOD News | On 22, Jan 2018
Netflix has nabbed the international rights to The Alienist, a new period mystery drama starring Luke Evans, Daniel Brühl and Dakota Fanning.
The psychological thriller, which is based on the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr, premiered in the US today TNT. While its 10 episodes air weekly Stateside, Netflix has inked a deal to debut the whole thing in the UK at once this April.
Set amidst the underbelly of New York City’s Gilded Age, The Alienist follows Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive “Alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys.
A turn-of-the-century murder mystery, it charts the story of the emergence of the world’s most powerful city, which will stop at nothing to bury its darkest secrets. Uncovering them are Evans as newspaper illustrator John Moore and Dakota Fanning’s Sara Howard, an ambitious secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective.
The series also stars Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) as police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas Smith (Miss Sloane) and Matthew Shear (Mistress America) as Marcus and Lucius Isaacson, twin brothers who help unravel the disturbing mystery, Matt Lintz (Pixels) as Stevie, a tough, young boy employed by Dr. Kreizler as a driver, Robert Ray Wisdom (The Wire) as Cyrus, Kreizler’s valet, and Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World) as Mary, Kreizler’s mute maid with whom he shares a special, unspoken connection.
Shot in Budapest, Hungary, The Alienist is co-produced by Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T. Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror) serves as director and executive producer, along with Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Hossein Amini (Drive) and E. Max Frye (Foxcatcher), Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin, plus Chris Symes and Cary Fukunaga. Serving as co-executive producers on the series are Marshall Persinger (Rectify) and Jamie Payne (The Driver).
“The response to the show in the US has been incredible and now I can’t wait for the rest of the world to watch it,” says Luke Evans.
“To play one of the most compelling characters I’ve ever read on the page has been a huge honour”, adds Daniel Brühl. “Caleb Carr devised a fascinating world of intrigue and complexity, and I look forward to international audiences seeing how our brilliant cast and creatives have brought his words to life.”
The Alienist premieres on Netflix UK on Thursday 19th April. Here’s the first full trailer for the show: