Netflix has released a new trailer for its upcoming series “Mindhunter,” which is created by Joe Penhall (“The Road”) and stars Jonathan Groff. It’s certainly a change of pace for the actor following his stints in “Glee” and “Looking” and a Tony nominated role in “Hamilton.” Far from the realms of musicals and comedies, the “Mindhunter” trailer suggests a series more along the lines of “The Silence of the Lambs” or “Zodiac,” with a dash of “True Detective” and a hint of “Hannibal.” Watch it above, and check out the complete series when it premieres on Netflix on October 13.
The “Zodiac” comparison may be especially apt. David Fincher directed that 2007 film about the hunt for the real-life serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area, and he’s one of the directors of this series, which stars Groff as FBI agent Holden Ford, who along with his partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) takes on the unseemly task of studying serial killers. “How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks,” says Tench. Or as Ford puts it, “You want truffles? You gotta get in the dirt with the pigs.”
Fincher is a two-time Oscar-nominated director (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network”), as well as a 2013 Emmy winner for directing for “House of Cards.” Also on-board to direct of the series are Oscar winning documentarian Asif Kapadia (“Amy”) and Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, who previously co-wrote the Oscar nominee “The Hunt” and directed the Oscar nominee “A War.” Fincher is also an executive producer along with Oscar winner Charlize Theron.