This week, Netflix have unveiled the brilliant first look trailer for their upcoming series The Alienist, starring the likes of Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans, and based on the award-winning novel of the same name by author Caleb Carr. Setting the tone for what’s to come, the teaser is something that really allows potential viewers a glimpse into what they should expect when the series does finally drop on the streaming service. You can check out the trailer below:

Following the story of Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), described as a “brilliant and obsessive ‘Alienist’ in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies”, viewers will quickly realise that he’s the man holding the key to hunting down a never-seen and never-caught killer who murders young boys.

Evans joins the series as newspaper illustrator John Moore, with Fanning playing ambitious secretary Sara Howard; a woman determined to become the first female police detective her city has ever seen.

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Credit: Netflix

The all-star trio are joined by Brian Geraghty as police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas Smith as Marcus Isaacson and Matthew Shear as his twin brother, Lucius Isaacson. Together, the pair are obsessed with unravelling the mystery that’s taken over their town.

Meanwhile, Matt Lintz will play tough youngster Stevie, employed by Dr. Kreizler as a driver and errand boy, whilst Robert Ray Wisdom will play Kreizler’s valet Cyrus, who’s hiding a dark past but has now been reformed. Finally, Q’orianka Kilcher takes on the unique role of Kreizler’s mute maid Mary, with whom Kreizler shares a special and unspoken connection with.

Speaking of his role, Brühl comments: “To play one of the most compelling characters I’ve ever read on the page has been a huge honour. 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.”

“I am very proud of this show,” adds Fanning, “and really excited that people will be able to watch it all at once.”

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Credit: Netflix

Evans noted that the response to the series in the US has already been “incredible”, concluding: “now I can’t wait for the rest of the world to watch it.”

Shot in Budapest, the show is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T, with Jakob Verbruggen serving as director and executive producer alongside Eric Roth, Hossein Amini and E. Max Frye. Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin of Anonymous Content, Chris Symes and Cary Fukunaga also executive produce, with Marshall Persinger and Jamie Payne as co-executive producers on the series.

The Alienist will launch exclusively on Netflix everywhere excluding the US and France on April 19.

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