The eight-part miniseries is inspired by the life of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, detailing his many crimes throughout the '70s—and the trailer already has us on the edge of our seat.
In the video (see above), we’re introduced to Sobhraj (played by Tahar Rahim), an infamous psychopath, con man, thief and master of disguise. He’s known for being the prime suspect in 20 unsolved murders across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1975 and 1976.
In addition to Rahim, The Serpent also stars Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber, Mathilde Warnier, Tim McInnerny and Amesh Edireweera. The episodes were directed by Tom Shankland and Hans Herbots, while Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay wrote the screenplay.
While chatting with Metro UK, Rahim revealed that it was tough for him to embody such a complicated character. He revealed, "I struggled the two first weeks. It was hard for me to capture him, to understand him, because how can you possibly be real—and in a way, truthful—when you have to portray those types of people? They’re psychopaths, murderers, they don’t have any empathy for anyone."
So far, fans on social media have been impressed by the true-crime series. One fan tweeted, "Just finished binge watching The Serpent. Sinister, intense, stylish with great acting. Had a little cry at the end. If you haven’t watched it, do. Just brilliant." Another wrote, "The Serpent has sent my heart rate through the roof and I felt like I needed to breathe into a paper bag for eight episodes, but that was an amazing TV show!"
Yep, we're sold.