5 reasons to get excited about Netflix’s new crime drama MINDHUNTER

David Fincher and Charlize Theron are among the producers of your next Netflix obsession – gritty serial killer drama MINDHUNTER.

Netflix’s new crime thriller series MINDHUNTER is one of the most highly anticipated TV dramas of the autumn.

Reinventing the TV crime genre, the show has been described as “Silence of the Lambs” meets police procedural.

Here’s what we know so far about MINDHUNTER and why we think it will be your latest Netflix binge.

1. The Story

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MINDHUNTER is based on the bestselling non-fiction book, MINDHUNTER: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker and first published in 1995. It recalls highlights from Special Agent’s John E. Douglas’s career in the Investigative Support Unit, which included interviewing and analysing infamous serial killers Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and Ed Gein. John’s career is so prolific, the character Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’s thrillers “Red Dragon” and “The Silence of the Lambs” is modelled after him.

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Based on and inspired by the book’s true stories, MINDHUNTER promises to take a gritty and realistic look into what makes a serial killer, how they operate and what makes them tick.

2. The trailer

 

3. The cast

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Jonathan Groff takes(Glee, Frozen) takes on the lead role in MINDHUNTER as FBI agent Holden Ford, alongside fellow FBI agent Bill Tench played by Holt McCallany. Holt is particularly well known for his movie roles, having appeared in Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Monster Trucks.

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Additional stars include Anna Torv (Fringe, The Secret Life of Us, Secret City), Cotter Smith (The Americans, House of Cards, Revolution) and Hannah Gross (Unless).

4. The crew

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MINDHUNTER is directed and executive produced by some of Hollywood’s most prestigious directors. These include David Fincher, whose directing credits boast major blockbuster hits such as Gone Girl, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network and Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?).

Additional high profile executive producers include Joshua Donen, Cean Chaffin and Charlize Theron.

5. The release date

MINDHUNTER is available to stream now.

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