Tahar Rahim is currently earning raves for his role in “The Mauritanian”, but his next project will see the actor become Asia’s most notorious serial killer.
Based on a true story, Netflix’s 1970s-set “The Serpent” sees Rahim transform into con man Charles Sobhraj. Posing as a gem dealer, Sobhraj travelled across Southeast Asia’s “Hippie Trail” with his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman) where they became the chief suspects in a series of murders of young Western travellers. A junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok named Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle), unwittingly walks into Sobhraj and Leclerc’s web of deceit, setting off a chain of events that sees the con man become Interpol’s most wanted man.
Filmed across Thailand and the UK, the eight-episode series is a co-production of BBC One and Netflix. “The Serpent” will drop on Netflix on April 2.