It’s been a little more than 20 years since 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was found murdered in her family’s Colorado basement. Despite multiple theories from law enforcement, the media and the general public, the case remains unsolved. The murder was one of the most publicized police investigations of the 1990s, and continues to provide the source material for various television shows and documentaries.
The newest entry to the field comes from Netflix. Titled “Casting JonBenet,” the docudrama provides a different point of view from which to speculate about what happened the day of the murder.
The streaming website has released the trailer for the documentary, which we have to say is pretty spine-chilling.
“A darkly moving exploration of crime, guilt and personal bias, ‘Casting JonBenet’ expertly blurs the lines between documentary and drama,” reads the description on Netflix’s YouTube account. For the film, director Kitty Green returned to Boulder, Co., to audition local actors, revealing how the murder affected them personally, and even allowing them to provide their own theories.
This includes the girls auditioning to play JonBenét herself, with the first girl in the trailer hauntingly asking, “Do you know who killed JonBenét Ramsey?”
“Kitty boldly embraces the tradition of innovative risk-taking within the documentary filmmaking mode with her remarkable work on ‘Casting JonBenet,’” Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming Lisa Nishimura told Variety. “Netflix is the ideal home for showcasing Kitty’s sharply-rendered vision of a mythic American tragedy to a global audience, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the crime.”
While many others have investigated the crime, this re-telling via actors is not something we’ve seen before. And while it doesn’t seem like we’ll be getting any answers as to what happened in the family’s home with this new film, it should be an interesting take on something that has been discussed many times before.
The film will be available on Netflix on April 28.