Here’s Your First Look at the Netflix JonBenét Ramsey Documentary
Last year, America’s fascination with the unsolved murder of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was wholly renewed with the passing of the 20th anniversary of the case. No less than four TV specials, including a Lifetime movie and an investigative CBS docuseries, were aired with the mystery as their focus. While many, including JonBenét’s own brother, have their theories, the crime remains unsolved, with the world still mulling over the age-old question of whodunit.
Now, Netflix is taking a crack at the story’s retelling with a new “hybrid documentary” flick titled Casting JonBenét.
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We are excited to see #CastingJonBenet at the @sundanceorg Film Festival soon! This incredible film is a hybrid of fiction and nonfiction filmmaking that investigates one of the most sensational unsolved child murder cases: the case of six-year-old beauty queen #JonBenetRamsey. If you miss it at #Sundance, @netflix will be distributing it soon! #sundancefilmfestival #documentary
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Rather than simply recreating the events that occurred, however, Netflix will offer a new take on the tragedy, asking actors auditioning for the roles of those involved (including JonBenét herself, her parents, and those linked to the case) to recount the murder’s details as they recall them to have happened and share their personal stories.
Billed as a “stylized exploration” of the incident by director Kitty Green, the film gives us a rare glimpse into the psyche of actors taking on such heavy roles.
Check out the trailer below, and catch the flick in full on Netflix when it airs on April 28.
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(h/t Hello Giggles, photos via Netflix + @jennymckenziefilms)