If you’re craving a 19th-century True Detective type psychology drama, Cary Fukunaga’s The Alienist could be just your cup of tea if the trailer serves correctly.

The trailer takes us on a bleak look at what to expect when Daniel Brühl’s Dr. Laszlo Kreizler is tasked with solving a number of murders that involve teenage boys.

The ten-episode original television series is based on a series of novels of the same name by Caleb Carr and stars Daniel Brühl as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, Luke Evans as John Moore, Dakota Fanning as Sara Howard.

True Detective’s Fukunaga not only serves as executive producer on the show but also serves on the writing team alongside “Drive” scribe Hossein Amini. Directing the series, Fukunaga and Jakob Verbruggen (who also directs) have brought in Black Mirror director James Hawes, as well as David Petrarca, whose credits include “Game of Thrones” and Jessica Jones.

The first episode is set to air in the US on January 22nd, 2018


The Alienist Synopsis

Set in 1896, when a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has gripped the city. Newly appointed top cop Teddy Roosevelt calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a criminal psychologist — aka alienist — and newspaper illustrator John Moore to conduct the investigation in secret. Joining them in the probe is Sara Howard, a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters.

The Alienist