TNT’s forthcoming straight-to-series drama THE ALIENIST has tapped Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans to star. Based on the Caleb Carr’s best-selling novel, the psychological thriller is set in the Gilded Age of New York City in 1896, a city of vast wealth, extreme poverty, and technological innovation. When a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips the city, newly appointed Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper reporter John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret.
Bruhl’s Dr. Kriezler works as a specialist in deviant behavior. His profession, along with his careless intensity, makes him a social pariah in some circles. Evans plays Moore, a society illustrator for The New York Times and a longtime friend of Dr. Kreizler and Commissioner Roosevelt. While mourning the loss of his lover, Kreizler summons Moore to the scene of a brutal crime. He throws himself into assisting Kreizler’s investigation into the grisly murders and comes to face some hard truths about himself.
Black Mirror‘s Jakob Verbruggen will serve as a director and executive producer. The series is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T. Cary Fukunaga, Eric Roth, Hossein Amini have also signed on as executive producers alongside Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin from Anonymous Content. The series is slated to premiere in 2017.
Bruhl starred in Captain America: Civil War and can be seen in the upcoming adaptation The Zookeeper’s Wife opposite Jessica Chastain. The Golden Globe-nominated actor stays busy in the upcoming year with the sci-fi thriller God Particle and the drama Entebbe.
Evans was recently seen in The Girl on the Train opposite Emily Blunt. He can be seen next as Gaston in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and is currently filming Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer