There’s no end to public fascination with the 1996 murder of beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey: no matter how many documentaries are made on the unsolved crime, each one draws audiences big enough to justify another… and another.
Netflix‘s already-acclaimed commission is up next, with the April release of so-called “documentary hybrid” ‘Casting JonBenét’, which follows actors auditioning for the roles of JonBenét, dad John, mum Patsy and brother Burke for a reenactment of the 6-year-old’s death.
The Kitty Green-directed film is the product of 15 months spent eliciting responses, reflections and performances from actors in and around the Ramsey’s hometown of Boulder, Colorado., who shared their memories of the case and suspicions about who committed the heinous crime.
It’s v. v. unsettling to watch little girls aged just five and six say things as weighty as: “Do you know who killed JonBenét Ramsey?” Combine that with a haunting rendition of ‘Miss America’ playing over the top and you’ve got yourself a spinetingler.
Take a look at the first full-length trailer:
Casting JonBenét hits Netflix on April 28.