Well, that’s an enticing array of names. Netflix and David Fincher—who’ve already made magic with House of Cards—are adding Charlize Theron to the mix for drama series Mindhunter, which is based on the true-crime classic by legendary FBI profiler John Douglas.

As Deadline reports, Fincher and Theron will executive-produce the series, which will have added creative power from award-winning playwright Joe Penhall (Blue/Orange, Sunny Afternoon). Fincher (no stranger to the serial-killer genre, with both Zodiac and Se7en in his filmography) is also expected bring his directing chops to the project.


John Douglas—who had a hand in coining the phrase “serial killer”—retired from the FBI in 1995 and penned the best-selling Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit a year later. As one of the Bureau’s leading profilers, he worked on high-profile cases (including Seattle’s Green River Killer and the Atlanta child murders); he also studied numerous notorious criminals while they were in custody, including John Wayne Gacy and Charles Manson. And according to Deadline and Douglas’ own biography, his career has already inspired some pretty memorable fictional characters, including Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs and Will Graham in Hannibal.

Though Netflix declined comment, The Hollywood Reporter speculates that Mindhunter—which has been in development for four years—is finally coming together thanks to heightened interest in the true crime genre, in the wake of wildly popular properties like podcast Serial and HBO doc The Jinx.

Top image: Charlize Theron at a photo call for Mad Max: Fury Road at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)