The Serpent aired on the BBC in the UK earlier this year, and the limited series follows serial killer Charles Sobrahj (Tahar Rahim), a two-bit gem dealer who murdered and robbed hippies and travelers across Asia between 1969-1976 with his girlfriend (Coleman) and an Indian lackey as his accomplices.
The story behind the new eight-part series is notably dark, as a team of investigators attempt to catch the couple among a spate of unsolved murders across India, Thailand, and Nepal.
The series focuses on the efforts of the Belgian and Dutch diplomatic attaches to catch him. I have to say, I really liked the series.
Here’s the trailer –
Netflix describes the series –
“The story of how the conman and murderer Charles Sobhraj, played by Rahim, was eventually caught and imprisoned. Posing as a gem dealer, Sobhraj and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc, played by Coleman, traversed Asia in 1975 and 1976, committing a spree of crimes along the ‘Hippie Trail’. Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg investigates the disappearance of a young couple and soon catches up with Interpol’s most wanted man.”
Speaking about the role earlier this year, the former Doctor Who star Coleman said The Serpent had “intoxicated” her –
“The Serpent intoxicated me into the dark and seductive world of Charles Sobhraj,” Jenna admitted. “I’m so looking forward to delving into hippie trail depths and bringing to life this unfathomable real-life story.”
Speaking of his role as Charles, Rahim told Express.co.uk –
“It’s a very complicated character to portray, it’s easier to get out of a character, sometimes than to get in. I remember I struggled the two first weeks, it was hard for me to capture him to understand him”
Starring alongside Rahim and Coleman are Billy Howie, Ellie Bamber, Amesh Edireweera, Tim McInnerny and Justified’s enigmatic Damon Herriman.
The Serpent will stream on Netflix from April 2nd.