Sean Astin to play Theodore Roosevelt in TNT’s ‘The Alienist’

Cast member Sean Astin (C) with his wife Christine Astin (R) and their daugther Ali Astin (L) at the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" in Los Angeles on December 2, 2013. Sean Astin will soon be seen in the TNT series "The Alienist." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

March 11 (UPI) — “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” icon Sean Astin is set to play Theodore Roosevelt, the police commissioner for New York City, in TNT’s “The Alienist.”

The adaptation of Caleb Carr’s, 19th century-set bestseller will star Daniel Brühl as forensic psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler; Luke Evans as newspaper illustrator John Moore; and Dakota Fanning as Sara Howard, a secretary at police headquarters, “who together investigate a series of brutal murders in New York during the Gilded Age,” a press release noted.

Director Jakob Verbruggen is currently filming the psychological thriller in Budapest.


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