HBO’s first The Outsider teaser brings fresh horrors to Stephen King-based series

HBO will give Stephen King’s 2018’s horror novel The Outsider the miniseries treatment early in 2020, and if this first trailer is anything to go by the show seems primed to combine straight-up horror with the ongoing mystery of an impossible murder. The footage begins with an unspeakbale crime. Authorities discover the mutilated corpse of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson in the woods of Georgia and all eyes are on Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman), a local family man, Little League coach, and English teacher. Terry swears he didn’t do this, and Detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) may want to believe him; Terry once coached Ralph’s son, who has since died. However, the case, bolstered by forensic evidence, seems pretty clear cut… until it isn’t. “I’m as baffled by this conflicting evidence as you are,” Ralph says in the trailer. “His prints are all over the crime scene, the TV footage puts him 60 miles away.” How can Terry have been in two places at once? Maybe it has something to do with whatever is hiding behind the curtain in the Maitland home. Helping him answer this question is private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo). If Ralph has “no tolerance” for the unexplainable, then he definitely won’t have the patience for her. Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vázquez, Jeremy Bobb, and Marc Menchaca, Hettienne Park, Michael Esper, Derek Cecil, and Max Beesley round out the excellent cast to join the “actors who have been in Stephen King adaptations” club, which has approximately eight trillion members worldwide. Andrew Bernstein (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Umbrella Academy) is on board to direct several episodes (along with executive producer/cast member Jason Bateman) and serve as executive producer. With Ben Mendelsohn set to star and produce, the project hails from Richard Price (The Night Of), director-producer Jack Bender (Mr. Mercedes), Bateman’s Aggregate Films, Temple Hill Entertainment, and MRC. The Outsider premieres January 12, 2020 on HBO.

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