Dakota Fanning Joins Cast of TNT's Gilded Age Thriller The Alienist

Dakota Fanning TNT The Alienist Sara Howard

Dakota Fanning is growing up… and going back to the Gilded Age to solve some of New York City’s most brutal murders.

The former child actor has joined the cast of TNT’s upcoming period thriller The Alienist, the network announced Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Based on Caleb Carr’s bestselling book series, The Alienist centers on three investigators working together to solve a series of murders in 1896 New York. Fanning will play Sara Howard, a young NYPD secretary who’s determined to become the department’s first female detective.

Fanning joins Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War) and Luke Evans (The Hobbit trilogy) in the cast of The Alienist, which is currently set to debut in late 2017. Brühl stars as criminal psychologist (aka “alienist”) Dr. Lazlo Kreizler, with Evans playing newspaper reporter John Moore.

Since breaking out as a child star in blockbuster films like War of the Worlds and Man on Fire, Fanning hasn’t done much television, but she did star in Syfy’s 2002 alien-abduction miniseries Taken and appear in a 2004 episode of Friends. More recently, Fanning played powerful vampire Jane in the Twilight films.

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