Oscar-nominated director David Fincher was the creative force behind “House of Cards,” the Netflix series that brought the streaming service its first awards recognition. While his second show for Netflix, the crime drama “Manhunter,” won’t start streaming until the fall, we got a sneak peek at it this week.
The show was inspired by John E. Douglas‘s experiences as a profiler for the FBI, which he wrote about with Mark Olshaker in the bestseller “Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.” His most famous cases involved some of the most notorious serial killers in history. Fincher is executive producing the series with Charlize Theron, who won an Oscar for playing one such real-life serial killer, Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.”
“Mindhunter” is set in 1979 and “Looking” leading man Jonathan Groff plays FBI agent Holden Ford, who works in the Behavioral Science Unit. His job: “To imagine what it takes to bludgeon someone to death, the lust for control, the feeling of arousal, the decision to humiliate a corpse.”
He and his partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), travel the country to talk to serial killers serving time. They hope that those behind bars can help them catch those who are still murdering innocent people. As Groff’s character observes in the trailer above, “We can’t like everything we do. We’re talking to serial killers. You want truffles? You gotta get in the dirt with the pigs.”