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Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning track a serial killer in first 'Alienist' trailer

By Karen Butler
Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning track a serial killer in first 'Alienist' trailer
Cast member Dakota Fanning attends a special screening of "American Pastoral" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills on October 13, 2016. The actress will soon be seen in the TNT drama "The Alienist." File Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI | License Photo

May 17 (UPI) -- TNT has released the first trailer for its period potboiler The Alienist.

"The Alienist is an upcoming American drama television series based on the novel of same name by Caleb Carr," said a synopsis that accompanied Wednesday's 2 1/2-minute clip. "The psychological thriller drama is 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 -- a.k.a. 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."

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The series stars Daniel Brühl, Sean Astin, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning. Director Jakob Verbruggen is currently filming it in Budapest.

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