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Luke Evans, Daniel Bruhl Search For A Killer In The Alienist Trailer

TNT is going period for its new original series The Alienist. The show stars Captain America: Civil War's Daniel Bruhl as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, an expert searching for a serial killer responsible for the murders of multiple child prostitutes in 1896 New York. The trailer for the series, released Wednesday, highlights a gorgeous, dramatic show, with solid performances from Bruhl and his costars Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast).

"I'm certain cold blooded killers walk among us, but this one is different," Bruhl's Kreizler opens the trailer. Kreizler is clearly a big deal, as reporters repeatedly swarm him. He's backed up by his right hand man, Evans' John Moore, who accompanies him as he meets Fanning's Sara Howard, who has found hidden files which seem to be of importance to Kreizler's search. However, things will be complicated by Moore's feelings for Howard.

Kreizler's mission seems to come down to nature. "How does one nourish the ability to murder in such a depraved and ruthless manner?" he wonders. "His acts are so wretched, so evil." Kreizler tries to construct an image of the serial killer to help police hunt him down, but it won't be easy for him, especially as the risks begin to get bigger and bigger. "We know the killer's thoughts are fixed on violence," he says. "If we get too close that violence might well spill over onto us." Still, Kreizler has no plans to quit, saying he will follow the clues as deep as they go, even if they lead him "to the darkest pit of hell."

The series, based on the Caleb Carr novel of the same name, has quite the pedigree behind it, with Black Mirror's Jakob Verbruggen directing and executive producing. True Detective's Cary Fukunaga, Forrest Gump's Eric Roth, Drive's Hossein Amini, Foxcatcher's E. Max Frye, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's Steve Golin, and Clockers' Rosalie Swedlin also executive produce. The show has no set premiere date yet but is expected out soon; in the meantime, see why Evans looks so familiar.