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Errol Morris Unveils Netflix Hybrid Series ‘Wormwood’ (Video)

Part docuseries, part dramatization, Morris series about a mysterious death drops Dec. 15

Documentarian Errol Morris announced today a new series called “Wormwood” that will premiere on Netflix. It will launch on the streaming service on Dec. 15 and will also play this year’s Venice Film Festival.

The six-part series is a hybrid of documentary and staged, dramatic re-enactments that go beyond the ones that Morris pioneered in his film “The Thin Blue Line.” Morris interviews and stages the story of Eric Olson, who spent 60 years investigating the mysterious aspects of his father’s death.

In June, Morris told TheWrap, “It’s not a documentary series, it’s got a lot of drama in it. It’s a strange thing, I don’t think there’s anything quite like it.”

The series stars Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Christian Camargo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bob Balaban, Jimmi Simpson and Michael Chernus. Here’s the official synopsis:

Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, Wormwood is a six-part series exploring the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth. A twisting, evolving story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death. Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris’ legendary interview style, Wormwood examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States’ darkest secrets.
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Morris last directed the documentary “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” a documentarian about a photographer specializing in life-size Polaroid portraits. Watch the first teaser trailer for “Wormwood” above.