TNT’s upcoming Gilded Age crime drama “The Alienist” has enlisted Luke Evans (“The Hobbit,” Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast”) and Daniel Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds”) in its lead roles, Variety has learned.
Brühl will play the titular alienist — a doctor who studies deviant behaviors — Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, whose efforts to understand what turns a man into a murderer may help shed some light on his own trauma. Evans will play John Moore, a melancholy illustrator for the New York Times who finds himself dragged into his friend Laszlo’s work. Set in 1896 New York, Laszlo and John are enlisted by newly appointed NYPD commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to investigate a series of murders of boy prostitutes. A crew of other social outcasts, including Roosevelt’s female secretary, join Laszlo and John to help catch one of New York’s first serial killers.
Aside from “Inglourious Basterds,” Brühl is mostly known stateside for his roles in Ron Howard’s “Rush” and “Captain America: Civil War.” Evans is coming off “The Girl on the Train” in addition to playing Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast.”
The series, based on Caleb Carr’s bestseller of the same name, is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T. Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga, Academy Award winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”), Oscar nominee Hossein Amini (“Drive”), and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin all serve as executive producers. Jakob Verbruggen serves as executive producer and director. Production will begin in 2017 in Budapest for a late-2017 premiere on TNT.