The long-awaited David Fincher (Gone Girl) and Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde) executive produced project Mindhunters has released its first trailer today. It definitely seems like there’s going to be a lot of long days at the office for Agent Ford (Jonathan Groff) as he stares serial killers in the face to figure out what makes them tick.
The short answer is: nothing good.
The series, which takes place in the late 1970s, has Groff and Holt McCallany figure out what makes serial killers tick in order to help with future cases. Of course, no one at the FBI sees the wisdom in this project and start to pushback against these two agents.
(As Criminal Minds fans know, this early work for the series will lead to the creation of the Behavioral Analysis Unit and criminal psychological profiling.)
The trailer definitely has Fincher’s touches all over it. It definitely feels like something he would produce, it’s definitely a departure for Groff whose previous credits include Glee, Looking, and Hamilton.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Groff was very clear that a huge part in joining the project was the chance to work with Fincher.
He said, “I think in every aspect of the filmmaking, you sort of just get the sense instinctually that David can do everyone’s job better than they can — including the acting! And just to be in an environment with a person like that and creating with a person like that, watch his mind work, it felt really challenging because the work was really challenging but also really comforting because it felt really good just to be in someone’s hands that is such a genius, to be creating that world — it makes you go for broke because you feel so safe.”
While this is a show that I will definitely watch, I don’t think this is something to be binged. Its good that the actors feel safe, but you’ll be eyeing the locks on your doors a little more after the trailer.
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