TNT’s ‘Alienist’ Finds Its Historical Drama Stars

By November 29, 2016


So what exactly is an alienist? TNT is about to let you find out.

And sorry, science-fiction fans. It has nothing to do with little green men.

The cable channel’s long-in-development series The Alienist is finally moving forward, casting Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans as two of its leads, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on the best-selling novel by Caleb Carr, The Alienist is a psychological thriller set in the Gilded Age of New York City in 1896, a city of cast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation. When several haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips the city, newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and newspaper reporter John Moore to conduct the investigation in secret.

Bruhl will play the title character while Evans will fill in as the reporter.

The Spanish-born Bruhl is probably best known for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds in 2009, where he played Fredrick Zoller. He’s also set to appear opposite Jessica Chastain in The Zookeeper’s Wife on March 31 as well as the rumored Cloverfield installment God Particle in February.

evans-inset112916Evans took part in two films from the Fast & Furious franchise – Fast & Furious 6 in 2013 and Furious 7 in 2015. He also plays Gaston in Disney’s upcoming like remake of Beauty and the Beast, which hits theaters March 17.

An alienist, according to the trade publication, studies mental pathologies. He’ll use psychology as well as early forensics to help track down the city’s serial killers.

The series was in development by True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga, but he was later replaced with Black Mirror and House of Cards director Jakob Verbruggen.

Filming begins early next year in Budapest, although TNT has yet to reveal when it expects The Alienist to debut.

Author Caleb Carr is a military historian and novelist who also wrote The Italian Secretary in 2005, an “official” Sherlock Holmes story has it has the approval from the Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate. This is more of a symbolic move now, as the Sherlock characters officially have been public domain, at least in the United States, since late 2013.

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