Netflix Releases Thrilling First Trailer for David Fincher's 'Mindhunter'


He practically invented the modern serial killer genre.


The trailer jumps from clip to clip with a hair-raising violin quietly glissing in the background, asking the question: Are serial killers born or made? Executive produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron, Netflix's upcoming true-crime drama Mindhunter is based on Douglas' book with Mark Olshaker, Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit.

Netflix seem pretty confident in the series too, having already renewed it for a second series before it's even released. Holt McCallanay is playing Ford's partner, Bill Tench, and he's the one who gets the signature line of the new trailer: "How do we get ahead of insane if we don't know how insane thinks?"

The clip, released Tuesday, features Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in 1979 determined to find out what makes a serial killer tick, by interviewing deadly criminals as they serve out their sentences behind bars.

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It is fair to say that David Fincher is a genius, and that he has a penchant for working with projects involving serial killers.

Fringe star Anna Torv, who plays a psychologist named Wendy, is seen telling the agents: "Psychopaths are convinced that there is nothing wrong with them so these men are virtually impossible to study, yet you have found a way in near-perfect laboratory conditions".

The trailer looks like pure Fincher, with its brooding and hazy darkness, screeching violins in the background, and grimy neo-noir aesthetic. In Netflix's Mindhunter, two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents think simply talking to them is the answer.