'The Serpent': Live stream, release date, cast and all you need to know about Netflix's true-crime series

'The Serpent': Live stream, release date, cast and all you need to know about Netflix's true-crime series
Official poster for 'The Serpent' (Netflix)

Golden Globe-nominated actor Tahar Rahim is set to mesmerize the viewers by playing one of the most notorious serial killers of all-time, Charles Shobhraj, in the upcoming Netflix series ‘The Serpent’.

The show, which was first commissioned by BBC, is based on a true story and follows the life of Charles Shobhraj. The series will follow Charles (Tahar Rahim) and his girlfriend as they commit a series of crimes across India, Nepal, and Thailand. However, their lives take a U-turn when they become chief suspects in a series of murders.

Popularly known as the Bikini Killer, Shobhraj was a serial killer who preyed upon tourists in Southeast Asia in the 1970s. He committed at least a dozen of murders between 1975 and 1976. Shobhraj was given the title of “The Serpent” for using cunning techniques to dodge authorities.



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Shobhraj is undoubtedly one of the most infamous figures in history and continues to be an inspiration behind many film and TV projects. It will be interesting to see how BBC and Netflix will tackle the life of the former serial killer in the upcoming series.

Here’s everything you need to know about ‘The Serpent’.


A still from the series 'The Serpent' (Netflix)


Release date

The upcoming series will be streaming live on Netflix from April 2, 2021.

Airdate and How to Live Stream

All the episodes of the show will be released on the streaming service on April 2 and you can watch it by signing up for the platform’s free trial. Apart from that, viewers can also opt for different subscription plans provided by the streaming giant.

A premium plan that allows more people to watch the service on different screens simultaneously costs $18 per month. Meanwhile, the basic US plan remains at $9 per month.


What’s new? 

According to the official synopsis provided by Netflix, here’s what viewers can expect from the upcoming series: “The show tracks the unbelievable story of Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim), a notorious conman who carried out a crime spree across the Asian “Hippie Trail” from 1975 to 1976. The eight-episode limited series will follow Charles and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman) as they pose as gem dealers and commit a series of crimes across Thailand, Nepal, and India, acts that ultimately lead to them becoming chief suspects in a series of murders of Western travelers.”



Tahar Rahim as Charles Shobhraj in 'The Serpent' (Netflix)




Tahar Rahim 

Rahim is one of the most talented actors out there and has proved his worth as an actor by giving exceptional performances in movies like ‘A Prophet’, ‘The Informant’ and ‘Mary Magdalene’. The actor was recently seen alongside Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Shailene Woodley in the movie ‘The Mauritanian’. The movie turned out to be a huge success for Rahim and earned him a nomination in the Best Actor category at the 78th Golden Globes. He was also nominated for a BAFTA Film Award as well.


Quinzaine Jury member Tahar Rahim attends the photocall for Quinzaine Jury during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at JW Marriott on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Getty Images)


Apart from that, he won multiple accolades for his role in the Oscar-nominated movie ‘A Prophet’. The actor won the Best Actor trophy for playing Jacques Audiard in the movie at the prestigious Cesar Awards.


Jenna Coleman

Coleman started her career in 2005 with the TV series ‘Emmerdale’ and garnered a lot of praise for her impeccable acting skills. In 2011, she made her feature film debut with ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. She portrayed the character of Connie in the movie.

Jenna Coleman during the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits reception held at Burberry on October 25, 2017 in London, England.


The actress gained a lot of prominence for playing the role of Clara Oswald on ‘Doctor Who’. Meanwhile, in 2019, she gave one of her finest performances in the TV show ‘The Cry’. Her performance as Joanna Lindsay made her earn nominations at the International Emmy Awards, BAFTA Scotland Awards, and AACTA Awards.


The series is helmed by Hans Herbots and Tom Shankland. Meanwhile, the story has been written by Richard Warlow. Stephen Smallwood has produced the project while Warlow, Shankland, Preethi Mavahalli, Damien Timmer and Lucy Richer serve as executive producers. 



The trailer shows Shobhraj (Rahim) living an extraordinary life with his girlfriend Leclerc (Coleman). The couple is providing drugs to people and making a good amount of money. The problems begin when Shobhraj is becoming a prime suspect in a series of murders.





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