Lakeshore Records will release THE ALIENIST – Music From the Television Series digitally on February 2nd and on CD later this year. The album features original music by composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (WONDER WOMAN, THE CROWN). THE ALIENIST is a co-production between Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T and premiered on Monday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT across TNT platforms.
Watch the offifial trailer for The Alienist below:
When asked about the emotional themes present in the music of THE ALIENIST, composer Gregson-Williams said. “I was excited about exploring the themes of the Alienist Laszlo Kreisler himself, because he is a character with such depth and complexity. Laszlo has an understanding of the human psyche that is pure genius, but he is also very flawed emotionally. He needs a theme that reflected that depth as it would move with him throughout the story.”
An unflinching psychological thriller set amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” THE ALIENIST follows Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, RUSH, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), a brilliant and obsessive “Alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. Based on the award-winning, fan-favorite novel by Caleb Carr, with standout performances from Luke Evans (THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN) and Dakota Fanning (AMERICAN PASTORAL), THE ALIENIST is a gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery like none other: the story of the emergence of the world’s most powerful city that will stop at nothing to bury its darkest secrets.
In THE ALIENIST, Luke Evans plays newspaper illustrator John Moore and Dakota Fanning plays Sara Howard, an ambitious secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. The series also stars Brian Geraghty (THE HURT LOCKER) as police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas Smith (MISS SLOANE) and Matthew Shear (MISTRESS AMERICA) as Marcus and Lucius Isaacson, twin brothers who help unravel the disturbing mystery; Matt Lintz (PIXELS) as Stevie, a tough, young boy employed by Dr. Kreizler as a driver and errand boy; Robert Ray Wisdom (THE WIRE) as Cyrus, Kreizler’s valet, a man with a dark past who has been reformed by Kreizler; and Q’orianka Kilcher (THE NEW WORLD) as Mary, Kreizler’s mute maid with whom he shares a special unspoken connection.
“The first thing I worked on was a suite to represent the streets of New York,” continued Gregson-Williams. “The city was, at the turn of the twentieth century, at the forefront of scientific discovery but was also a sense of true anarchy in everything that is happening. I wanted discovery and change to ring out with every note of the music. I played the double bass and violin throughout the score. The double bass is so guttural and startling just like being in the city at that time.”
Shot in Budapest, Hungary, THE ALIENIST is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T. BAFTA-nominee Jakob Verbruggen (BLACK MIRROR) serves as director and executive producer along with Academy Award winner Eric Roth (FORREST GUMP), Academy Award nominees Hossein Amini (DRIVE) and E. Max Frye (FOXCATCHER), Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin, along with Chris Symes and Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga (TRUE DETECTIVE). Serving as co-executive producers on the series are Marshall Persinger (RECTIFY) and Jamie Payne (THE DRIVER).
About Rupert Gregson-Williams
Rupert Gregson-Williams was born in England and educated at St. John’s College Choir School, Cambridge. The multi-award winning composer works from his studios in both London and Los Angeles.
A truly versatile composer, Gregson-Williams has written a wide range of scores for many feature films, including the Oscar-winning Hotel Rwanda for which he was awarded the European Film Award for Best Composer, the blockbuster DreamWorks animated films Over The Hedge and Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie, for which Rupert was nominated for an Annie Award for his original score and the independent BBC Films’ Love + Hate, for which he was awarded the Reims International Composer Award.
Most recently, Gregson-Williams scored the blockbuster and critically acclaimed Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine; the award-winning war drama Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Mel Gibson, and the international hit The Legend of Tarzan. His upcoming film projects include “Terminal,” starring Margot Robbie and written and directed by Vaughn Stein.
Gregson-Williams received an Emmy nomination in 2017 for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) for his work on the first season of The Crown. He has also composed the music for various other TV projects, including the Emmy-award winning HBO series Veep, AMC’s The Prisoner, and Sky Vision’s Agatha Raisin. He received an Emmy nomination for the 2002 telefilm Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore).
Gregson-Williams has had a long association with Adam Sandler and has composed the scores for many of his films over the past ten years. Their collaborations include Click, Bedtime Stories, Grown Ups, Just Go with It, Here Comes the Boom, The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over, and the recently released Sandy Wexler, starring Sandler and Kevin James and directed by Steven Brill.
His other film credits include Winter’s Tale, directed by Akiva Goldsman; Zookeeper, starring Kevin James; Made of Honor, starring Patrick Dempsey; and Thunderpants, starring Stephen Fry. His commercial and film collaborations have included working with Ben Folds, Mark Knopfler, Hans Zimmer, Hadag Nahash, Lebo M., Junior Mambazo and Moya Brennan.