Mysterious, dark, thrilling. The hype surrounding upcoming TV series Dublin Murders has gone into overdrive since its enthralling trailer dropped this week.
IrishCentral has been privy to an exclusive teaser preview of the Irish-filmed psychological thriller and we can tell you it’s the most spine-tingling series since the historical drama Outlander!
What is the TV series Dublin Murders about?
The upcoming eight-part series delivers a brilliant psychological mystery and darkness with a taproot that drops deep down into Ireland’s past, foreshadows the present and brings insight to its future.
Set during the height of Ireland's Celtic Tiger financial boom, it focuses on two murder investigations led by ambitious and charismatic detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox, played by Irish actors Killian Scott and Sarah Green respectively.
On a hot August afternoon in 1985, three friends to go missing in a local wood but only one of the trio, Adam is to be found again.
The missing pair vanish without a trace yet Adam has absolutely no memory of where his friends are what happened to him before he was found, alone and screaming in the deep, dark woods.
Twenty-one years later, on another hot August day, and detectives Reilly and Maddox come across the body of a thirteen-year-old girl, in the same woods, and who is the same age the three friends were on that fateful day.
She is arranged on the ancient altar, dappled with sunlight, as if she were sleeping - her skull fractured and she’s been suffocated.
The second, seemingly unrelated murder victim is a vivacious, free-spirited young woman, found dead in a roofless famine cottage.
But as we discover, they are knitted together by powerful shared themes — the macabre “red in tooth and claw” elements of both stories and their heart-thumping psychological thriller qualities.
Against his better judgment, Reilly is savagely hooked into his own past and a painful primal wound. Protected by his intense friendship with Maddox, he plunges into darkness and a reckoning that he hoped never to face.
Beached by the young woman’s case and betrayal, Maddox chooses to immerse herself in a dangerous undercover operation in search of her killer.
Author Tana French and Murder Squad series of books
Dublin Murders is drawn from Irish American writer Tana French’s internationally bestselling Murder Squad series of novels.
Renowned screenwriter Sarah Phelps blends together French’s first two novels, In the Woods and The Likeness, threading the stories in order to build a vibrant world wherein actions, discoveries and revelations in one story impact upon and have consequences in the other.
The six-book series elevated the Vermont-born author to the title of “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years,” according to the Washington Post.
Each book is led by a different detective from the same team, and their signature is an intense emotional connection between cop and crime.
She has been described as the writer who “inspires cultic devotion in readers,” by The New Yorker, “incandescent” by Stephen King, and “absolutely mesmerizing” by Gillian Flynn.
When will Dublin Murders hit our TV screens?
US TV network STARZ has announced it will screen the first episode of Dublin Murders on Sunday, November 10.
The series will be shown on RTE in Ireland and on BBC1 in the UK but a date has yet to be set.
Dublin Murders spine-tingling trailer
After filming for seven months in Belfast, production wrapped up in March 2019, and the trailer was released this past week and it makes us even more excited to watch the full series.
Dublin Murders' all-Irish cast
Co Limerick-born actor Killian Scott plays Detective Robert (Rob) Reilly in what will be his second lead role following his performance in the USA/Netflix drama Damnation.
The 34-year-old first shot to fame for his five-season portrayal of Tommy in RTE’s multi-award-winning TV crime drama “Love/Hate”.
Scott has also starred in various internationally acclaimed films, such as John McDonagh’s Calvary, alongside Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd; Yann Demange’s ’71; Trespass Against Us, opposite Michael Fassbender; and most recently, The Commuter, alongside Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga.
Born Cillian Murphy, Scott adopted the stage name to separate himself from his namesake, the widely-recognized fellow Irish man and Peaky Blinders actor.
Scott is the younger brother of Fine Gael’s Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy and playwright Colin Murphy.
Tony and Olivier Award-nominated actress Sarah Greene stars as detective Cassie Maddox.
Greene who hails from Co Cork is best known for her recurring role as Hecate Poole in the Showtime/Sky Atlantic series, Penny Dreadful, for which she was awarded the IFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama.
Greene is a winner of the IFTA and Irish Film Board Rising Star Award as well as the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting at the Irish Film London Awards for her starring role in Rosie.
Last year, Greene appeared in the Great Hunger drama Black ’47.
Scott and Greene are joined by several other Irish actors including Tom Vaughan-Lawlor who plays Detective Frank Mackey
The Dublin-born actor became best known for his portrayal of drug kingpin Nigel “Nidge” Delaney in RTEs award-winning crime series Love/Hate which earned him the Irish Film and Television Best Actor Award.
The 41-year-old has had an extensive and varied career spanning all aspects of the industry with a slew of theatre performances winning the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actor on two separate occasions
He recently starred as Ebony Maw in : AvengersEnd Game opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch and has appeared in The Secret Agent and Peaky Blinders, both for the BBC.
He also played political spin doctor P. J. Mara in the three-part political drama on the life of former Irish Taoiseach (Prime-Minister) and played McCabe in Jim Sheridan's movie The Secret Scripture.
Northern Ireland actor Conleth Hill stars as Superintendent O’Kelly and is known for his role in Game of Thrones as Lord Varys,
Other credits for Hill include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, alongside Ewan McGregor, and Whatever Works, directed by Woody Allen.
Moe Dunford (Patrick’s Day), Eugene O'Hare (The Fall), and Peter McDonald (Moone Boy) also star in the series.
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