Having already enjoyed success, internationally, “The Serpent,” is coming to the U.S. and Netflix this spring. Starring Golden Globe nominee Tahar Rahim, Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber, Amesh Edireweera, and Tim McInnerny is crime drama serial developed by Mammoth Screen for BBC One and, yes, Netflix. The eight-episode show has already aired in the U.K. and is coming to Netflix on April 2. The series is about the twisting, real-life story of Charles Sobhraj (Rahim), a murderer, thief, and seductive master of disguise, who was a hidden darkness in the mid-70’s on Asia’s hippie trail.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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When Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle), a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok, unwittingly walks into this intricate web of crime, he – with the help of his spouse Angela (Ellie Bamber), police around the world, and witnesses of Sobhraj’s devious manipulation — sets off an extraordinary chain of events that will see Sobhraj become Interpol’s most wanted man, with arrest warrants in multiple continents.
Inspired by real events, The Serpent reveals the story of serial conman Charles Sobhraj (Golden Globe nominee Tahar Rahim) and the remarkable attempts to bring him to justice. Posing as a gem dealer, Sobhraj and his girlfriend, Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman), traveled across Thailand, Nepal, and India in 1975 and 1976, carrying out a spree of crimes on the Asian ‘Hippie Trail,’ becoming the chief suspects in a series of murders of young Western travelers.
The Serpent was shot in Thailand and the UK. The plot is inspired by a true story; however, Netflix wants you to know all dialogue is fictionalized. Written by Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay and directed by Tom Shankland and Hans Herbots, “The Serpent,” begins to air April 2. Watch the first trailer below.