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Rachel DeSantis
November 28, 2016 AT 05:53 PM EST

The Alienist, TNT’s upcoming crime drama based on Caleb Carr’s best-selling novel, has found its leading men.

Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans have signed on to play forensic psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and reporter John Moore, respectively, in the New York Gilded Age-set drama about an investigation into a series of brutal murders.

Kreizler, an alienist, a.k.a. someone who studies mental pathologies, is called upon by new police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to solve the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes. Moore, a longtime friend of Kreizler and Roosevelt and a reporter looking for something to spark his motivaiton, sees Kreizler’s secret investigation as a chance to break out of a funk, and joins him on his quest. The two social outsiders will have to use “the emerging disciplines of technology and early forensic investigation techniques [to] track down one of New York City’s first serial killers,” TNT said in a press release.

Brühl and Evans’ characters will be joined by a “makeshift crew of singular characters, among them the intrepid Sara Howard, a young secretary on Roosevelt’s staff who is determined to become the first female police detective in New York City,” according to TNT.

Brühl is best known for his SAG Award-winning turn in Inglourious Basterds, while Evans has appeared in The Hobbit and Fast and Furious 6, and will star as Gaston in next spring’s highly-anticipated Beauty and the Beast.

Production on The Alienist is set to begin in early 2017 in Budapest. The show is slated to premiere on TNT in late 2017, and will be directed and executive-produced by BAFTA-nominated director Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror).

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