Calling all real-life crime series fans, Netflix is following on from the likes of the ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘Amanda Knox’ documentaries with its latest offering ‘Casting JonBenet’ about the unsolved murder of six-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey.

Casting JonBenet trailer

JonBenét was found dead in her family’s basement over Christmas (the exact date, like many other details of the case is under debate). Her killer has never been found and in the years since the case has been examined by crime experts, the media and conspiracy theorists.

Discussing the film, Netflix said: “After twenty years of media speculation and public hysteria that cast JonBenét’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, of killing their own child, “Casting JonBenét” presents audiences with a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking that examines the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet.” 

If the first trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be an extremely uncomfortable watch. It follows a group of young girls, who are auditioning to play the murdered schoolgirl in reenactments. Sitting in front of the camera, wearing one of JonBenét’s pageant dresses, one girl asks: ‘Do you know who killed JonBenét Ramsey?’

Watch the trailer below:

The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance film festival and reviewers gave it positive but rather eerie reviews. The Wrap concluded that it is ‘poetic but disturbing’, adding: ‘”Casting JonBenét”, it turns out, isn’t about JonBenét Ramsay at all. It’s about us. That makes it a fascinating and perplexing piece of storytelling.” We aren’t entirely sure what this means either, but it’s left us intrigued to find out more.

Casting JonBenet is set to air on Netflix later this year, we will let you know when we hear the actual release date.

What do you think about the first trailer for Casting JonBenet? Let us know: @tweetjanes


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