Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans Cast in TNT's The Alienist
New Drama Series Based on Caleb Carr's Bestseller
Is a Co-Production of Paramount Television and Studio T,
Directed and Executive-Produced by Jacob Verbruggen,
With Executive Producers Cary Fukunaga, Eric Roth, Hossien Amini
And Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin
Daniel Brühl (Rush, Inglorious Bastards, Captain America: Civil War) and Luke Evans (The Girl on The Train, The Hobbit trilogy, Dracula Untold) have been cast in TNT's The Alienist, the eagerly anticipated series based on the Anthony Award-winning New York Times bestseller by Caleb Carr. Brühl will play forensic psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, while Evans will play reporter John Moore, who are both called upon to investigate a series of brutal murders in New York during the Gilded Age.
Slated to premiere on TNT, a division of Turner, in late 2017, The Alienist will be directed and executive-produced by BAFTA-nominated director Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror). The series is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner's Studio T. Emmy(R) winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), Academy Award(R) winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Oscar(R) nominee Hossein Amini (Drive) and Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin, all serve as executive producers. Production will begin in early 2017 in Budapest.
Based on the international 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 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. They are aided by a makeshift crew of singular characters, among them the intrepid Sara Howard, a young secretary on Roosevelt's staff who is determined to become the first female police detective in New York City. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders tracks down one of New York City's first serial killers.
Known as an alienist - one who studies mental pathologies - Dr. Kriezler works as a specialist in deviant behavior. His profession, along with his careless intensity, makes him a social pariah in some circles, despite his striking good looks and a sophisticated sensibility. Kreizler is passionate about his work and tireless in his efforts to seek out the depraved killer whose vicious, barbaric and ritualistic deeds have terrorized the city's poorest residents. In doing so, he hopes to also unravel the traumatic mysteries of the human psyche, especially his own, and answer the question behind what makes a man into a murderer.
Handsome, easy going, easily distracted, and prone to melancholy, John Moore is a society illustrator for the New York Times and a longtime friend of alienist Dr. Kreizler and police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt. While drowning his sorrows and lamenting the loss of a former lover Kreizler summons him to the scene of a brutal crime. Always lacking drive and a meaning to his pursuits he throws himself into assisting Kreizler's investigation into the grisly murders and comes to face some hard truths about himself.
Brühl won a Screen Actors Guild Award(R) as a member of the ensemble cast in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards. He also earned Golden Globe(R), SAG Award, BAFTA and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for his performance as Niki Lauda in Ron Howard's Rush. He previously won accolades for such international productions as Good Bye Lenin!, Salvador and Eva. Brühl's other credits include Captain America: Civil War, The Fifth Estate, The Face of an Angel, Alone in Berlin, Burnt and A Most Wanted Man. He most recently shot God Particle and The Zookeeper's Wife, and is currently filming Entebbe.
Welsh actor Luke Evans is known for his performance as the heroic Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson's epic trilogy The Hobbit. He has also co-starred in the action blockbuster Fast and Furious 6, and he played the title role in Dracula Untold. Evans' other credits include Clash of the Titans, Immortals, The Raven and High-Rise, the latter earning him a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also starred in the 2013 BBC miniseries The Great Train Robbery. In addition to his role in The Alienist, Evans will soon be seen in Disney's highly anticipated live-action musical remake of Beauty and the Beast, in which he plays the iconic, swashbuckling Gaston. Evans just wrapped leading roles in the films State Like Sleep and Professor Marston.
About Paramount Television
Paramount Television develops and finances a wide range of creative television programming across all media platforms. Its robust slate of programming with top distributors includes the five-time Emmy(R)-winning live musical event Grease: Live (FOX), which holds the record-breaking telecast title with more than 17 million viewers worldwide and is ranked as the #1 most social live musical event ever; the Emmy-nominated Nickelodeon hit School of Rock'; Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (Amazon); Thirteen Reasons Why (Netflix); Maniac (Netflix), Shooter (USA), Berlin Station (EPIX), The Alienist (TNT), Fatal Attraction (FOX), Galaxy Quest (Amazon), Varsity Blues (CMT) and The Warriors (Hulu). Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) has developed series such as Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (NBCUniversal's Seeso), Hotwives of Orlando and Hotwives of La s Vegas (HULU), Resident Advisors (HULU), Beef (Fullscreen) and the one-hour special Crash Test (Comedy Central and Vimeo).
Paramount Television and Paramount Digital Entertainment are part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.
About Anonymous Content
Founded in 1999 by Managing Partner Steve Golin, Anonymous Content is a leading management and Film, TV and Commercial production company. Anonymous Content manages the careers of many of the world's most renowned and innovative directors, writers, actors and comedians, working closely with them to achieve their goals by both creating and finding roles for them, whether in feature films, television, commercials, music videos or brand integrated content. Anonymous Content's clients have been recognized with Academy Awards(R), Emmys(R), Golden Globes(R), Tony Awards(R), Pulitzer Prizes(R) and other prestigious awards. The company's award-winning Film & TV division boasts many commercially successful and critically acclaimed works, including Besgt Picture Oscar(R) winner Spotlight, starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, and Best Picture Oscar nominee The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Past pro jects include Babel, Winter's Bone, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and 50 First Dates. The company's TV slate includes the Golden Globe winner for Best TV Series (Drama) Mr. Robot (USA Network), True Detective (HBO), The Knick (Cinemax) and Schitt's Creek (POP), as well as upcoming titles Quarry (CINEMAX), The Alienist (TNT) and Berlin Station (EPIX). Through its commercial work, Anonymous Content is also the driving creative force behind countless top brands, including Prada, Nike and Coke. For more information, visit www.anonymouscontent.com.
TNT, a division of Turner, is one of cable's Top 5 networks with young adults and home to cable's most popular slate of original series, including Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Major Crimes and the upcoming Will, Foreign Bodies, The Alienist, Tales from the Crypt and The Race Card. TNT is also the cable home to popular shows like Arrow, Gr imm, Supernatural, Hawaii Five-0 and Bones and Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R), the iHeartRadio Music Awards and the AFI Life Achievement Award; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, FilmStruck, Super Deluxe, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.