TNT’s ‘The Alienist’ Adaptation Finds its Lead Actors

Left to right: Daniel Brühl © Stefan Klueter | Luke Evans © Magnus Hastings

TNT’s long awaited adaptation of Caleb Carr’s bestselling novel, The Alienist, has found its lead actors. Daniel Brühl (“Inglorious Basterds”, “Captain America: Civil War”) and Luke Evans (“The Girl on the Train”, “Dracula Untold”) are set to star in the period thriller.

Based on the international bestseller by historian and author Caleb Carr, “The Alienist” is a taut psychological thriller set among the slums and tenements of New York City in the Gilded Age. The story centers on the gruesome murder of a series of boy prostitutes in 1896. As part of his efforts to break the stranglehold of corruption within the NYPD, newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt brings together an unconventional team of investigators to track down the killer. Led by the controversial alienist (an antiquated term for a criminal psychologist), Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), and his journalist colleague John Moore (Evans), the team of investigators employ emerging psychology and forensic techniques – most notably psychological profiling –  to track down the killer.

“The Alienist” is set to premiere on TNT in 2017. Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”) and Anonymous Content (“True Detective,” “Spotlight,” “Mr. Robot”) have stewarding the project toward production. Jakob Verbruggen (“Black Mirror”) will serve as showrunner.

Daniel Brühl is likely best known for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” and as Zemo in “Captain America: Civil War”. He recently finished production on “God Particle” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” Luke Evans will be appearing as Gaston in the upcoming live action version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and will be starring as Dr. William Moulton Marston – the eccentric creator of Wonder Woman – in the upcoming drama “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”. Given the cast so far and the talent behind the screen, we’re definitely looking forward to “The Alienist.” How about you?