Steve Carell is held captive by a serial killer in the FX series

Everyone loves a good serial killer story, even Michael Scott. FX released the trailer for The patient, a new psychological thriller series starring Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson. We’ve seen Carell play dramatic roles before, but this one looks particularly dark.

Steve Carell plays Alan Strauss in The patient, a therapist who finds himself held prisoner by Sam Fortner (Gleeson), a troubled young man who turns out to be a serial killer. Sam has an unusual request for Alan: help him curb his murderous impulses. While trying to help Sam, Alan grapples with his own demons and traumas, while desperately struggling to stop Sam’s compulsions before he becomes a target himself. The series was created by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, who worked together on Americans.

The official synopsis of The patient:

“The Patient” is a psychological thriller from the mind of Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (“The Americans”) about a therapist, “Alan Strauss” (Steve Carell), who is held prisoner by a patient, “Sam Fortner” ( Domhnall Gleeson), who turns out to be a serial killer. Sam has an unusual therapeutic request for Alan: to curb his murderous urges. To survive, Alan must calm Sam’s deranged mind and stop him from killing again…but Sam refuses to bring up critical topics, like his mother “Candace” (Linda Emond). Alone in captivity, Alan delves into his own past through the memories of his former therapist, “Charlie” (David Alan Grier), and grapples with waves of his own pent-up issues – the recent death of his wife, “Beth”. (Laura Niemi), and the painful estrangement of her religious son, “Ezra” (Andrew Leeds). During his imprisonment, Alan discovers not only how deep Sam’s compulsion runs, but also the amount of work he must do to mend the rift in his own family. With time running out, Alan desperately fights to stop Sam before he becomes an accomplice to Sam’s murders, or worse, becomes a target himself.

Steve Carell can currently be heard voicing Gru in Minions: The Rise of Gruthe latest installment of the hugely popular Despicable Me franchise. As for Domhnall Gleeson, we will see him next alongside Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux in The White House Plumbersan HBO limited series that tells the true story of how Watergate masterminds E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy accidentally overthrew the presidency they were zealously trying to protect. The patient will debut on FX on Hulu (and on Disney+ in Canada) on August 30. What did you think of The patient trailer?

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